Valium and Alcohol
It should come as no surprise that mixing Valium and alcohol is definitely not safe! In fact, it’s one of the deadliest drug combinations around. Valium and alcohol potentiate each other’s effects, which means they make each other stronger. So, not only are you dealing with the dangerous effects of benzo’s or booze on their own, you’re dealing with an exponentially stronger version of both!
So no, mixing Valium and alcohol isn’t safe. It is, however, very popular with alcoholics and addicts the world over. I can safely attest to this being a recovering drug addict myself. I can’t count on one hand, and probably not on two, the number of times I mixed these drugs.
When I was in active addiction, the dangers of mixing Valium and alcohol didn’t occur to me. The potentially deadly side effects were the furthest thing from my mind. Rather, I saw a quick and easy way to get a strong buzz.
So, sit back and learn from my experience, strength, and hope as I share the in’s and out’s of Valium and alcohol.
Mixing Valium and Alcohol
Like I mentioned above, the main reason people mix benzo’s and booze is to get a strong buzz. How do benzo’s and alcohol work though? Why, when they’re combined, are they more than the sum of their parts?
The answer is simple enough. Mixing Valium and alcohol produces such a strong euphoria because they both work on the same neurotransmitter. Valium and booze both effect gamma-Aminobutyric acid, more commonly known as GABA.
GABA is the chief inhibitory neurotransmitter in our central nervous system. For the non-scientifically inclined among us, that means it’s the most potent naturally occurring depressant in our bodies. It’s also, strangely enough, responsible for our body’s muscle tone.
So, mixing Valium and alcohol produces large amounts of GABA. This leads to a whole host of euphoric, and many unwanted, side effects.
Valium and Alcohol Effects
Here we come to why mixing benzo’s and alcohol is so dangerous. The combination produces many unintended Valium and alcohol effects. These can range from mild to potentially life threatening.
Find a list of Valium and alcohol effects below:
• Poor Coordination & Motor Skills – this should come as no surprise. On it’s own, alcohol reduces coordination and motor skills. When mixed with Valium, alcohol seriously decreases coordination and motor skills.
• Memory Problems & Blackouts – again, this should come as no surprise. Both Valium and alcohol produce blackouts on their own. Use of both will also lead to long and short-term memory issues. When mixing the two, something calling retrograde amnesia is common. This is basically a blackout that you don’t even remember having.
• Reduced CNS Functioning – again, no surprises here. Alcohol is a CNS depressant. Valium is too. Both release large amounts of GABA, which is definitely a depressant. Decreased CNS Valium and alcohol effects include: shallow breathing, decreased respiration, weak heartbeat, dangerously low blood pressure, and the risk of losing consciousness.
• Poor Decision Making – remember, GABA is the chief inhibitory neurotransmitter in our bodies. This means that, among other things, it lowers inhibitions. This can lead to dangerous decisions like driving under the influence, risky sexual behavior, taking more Valium or alcohol than is safe (i.e. overdose), or aggressive behavior.
Recovery from Valium and Alcohol
It’s plain to see that Valium and alcohol’s effects are dangerous at best and deadly at worst. It’s also plain to see that mixing Valium and alcohol is simply another way of playing Russian roulette. So, the million-dollar question becomes why? Why, despite the many dangers, do people continue to mix the two?
The answer is as simple, and ultimately as complicated, as addiction itself. People mix Valium and alcohol because they’re addicted. That’s why I mixed them anyway. I knew that both chemicals were strong. I also knew that, when mixed, they became even stronger. So, of course I mixed them!