How Kava interacts with Alcoholic beverages

Interaction type: Interactions

Interaction rating: Study Supported

Studies report that kava may cause sedation, which may enhance the effects of alcoholic beverages. There are conflicting reports of this potential interaction. Use with caution. (1) (2) (3)

These drugs include beer, wine, hard liquor, mixed drinks


  1. View Abstract: Jamieson DD, et al. Positive Interaction of Ethanol and Kava Resin in Mice. Clin Exp Pharmacol Physiol. Jul1990;17(7):509-14.
  2. Cantor C. Kava and Alcohol. Med J Aust. Nov1997;167(10):560.
  3. View Abstract: Herberg KW. Effect of Kava-Special Extract WS 1490 Combined with Ethyl Alcohol on Safety-relevant Performance Parameters. Blutalkohol. Mar1993;30(2):96-105.