Alcohol in Cough Syrup and other Over-the-Counter Medicines

People are often surprised at the level of alcohol in cough syrup or other over-the-counter medicines. You might also like to visit Foods that Contain Alcohol.

Alcohol is often a major component of cough syrup and other meds. Below is an alphabetical list of many medicines with a high alcohol content.

Medication% Alcohol
Ambesol70.0
Ambesol Gel70.0
Contact Severe Cold25.0
Contrex20.0
Cotussis20.0
Dalidyne61.0
Dent’s Toothache Drops60.0
Dewitt Coldsore90.0
Double Action Kit60.0
Dristan Ultra25.0
Formula 44D20.0
Geritonic20.0
Gerizyme18.0
Gevrabon18.0
Hall’s22.0
Jiffy56.5
Night Relief25.0
Nyquil25.0
Pfeiffer Coldsore85.0
Queldrine25.0
Quiet Night25.0
Romilar III20.0
Romilar CF20.0
Terpin Hydrate with DM40.0

It’s important to be aware of how much alcohol your meds contain. Laws against driving under the influence don’t distinguish between sources of blood alcohol concentration (BAC).

The alcohol can come from drinking alcoholic beverages. It can come from meds. Or it can come from that produced naturally in the body.

But they’re all the same to a breath tester. And in the eyes of the law.

Breath tester devices lack accuracy . So they often register falsely high readings. Therefore, it’s always better to be safe than sorry.

Always be sure to drink alcohol carefully when taking meds. Please read their labels and follow them.

Here are tips for keeping blood level low.

  • Stick with standard drinks. Each has the same amount of pure alcohol. So it’s easier to keep track of your intake of pure alcohol that way.
  • Munch while drinking.
  • Sip your drinks.
  • Don’t play drinking games.
  • Remember that women can’t drink as much as a man.
  • Have a non-alcoholic drink between alcoholic ones.
  • Pace your drinks. A general rule of thumb is no more than one alcoholic drink per hour.
  • Accept an alcoholic drink only when it fits your drinking schedule.
alcohol in cough syrup
Standard Drinks

Now you know that there’s alcohol in cough syrup.

Note. This site gives no advice. Always see your doctor with questions.