Mixing Xanax and Alcohol
When Brittney was a sophomore in college, she experienced anxiety for the first time. After visiting multiple doctors to rule out other causes of her ill-feelings, her family doctor determined anxiety was the cause and sent her back to school with a script for Xanax.
It wasn’t long before Brittney and her friends were popping Xanax before drinking and going out. They would jokingly wash the pills down with beer and say things like “Good night” and “See you tomorrow”, knowing how the combination would impact their memory and induce blacking out.
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Combining Xanax and alcohol may seem like a fun night out, but we’re going to shed some light on the dangers and what it actually does to your body, and ask yourself this – is it worth it?
Taking Xanax and alcohol can be deadly.
Let’s talk a little bit about Xanax and what it is used for. Xanax is categorized as a benzodiazepine, a class of drugs that does things like controls seizures, reduces anxiety, relieves insomnia, and helps muscle spasms. It is fast-acting in calming the activity of the central nervous system and depresses vital functions of the body. Because of this, if it is taken with another drug, like alcohol, that has the same effect, the consequences can cause an individual to stop breathing, their heartbeat to slow, etc.
Combining alcohol and Xanax exaggerates the effects of both, causing severe drowsiness, clumsiness, and lack of coordination. Therefore, the risks of car accidents, or any kind of accidents, including falls, goes up significantly. Taking Xanax along with any other drug increases the risk of depressing your breathing, especially once asleep, which can lead to unintentional death, or overdose.
Cognitively, Xanax and alcohol makes your memory super foggy, so it is easy to forget how many pills you have taken, or drinks you have had, leading to possible overdose. Besides that, Xanax and alcohol are digested by the same liver enzymes, which means that when both are present in your body, it sends your liver into overdrive and it struggles to keep up. Because of this, both substances can stay in your system for longer.
Because of the serious effects Xanax combined with alcohol has on your body, there are many severe physical consequences. Addiction to both drugs is extremely likely, and both can create severe withdrawal symptoms if you stop taking them, like seizures, anxiety, and delirium.
Xanax and Alcohol – Avoid the Combo
Educating yourself on drug interactions is step one in avoiding bad consequences. Doctor labels that say things like “avoid alcohol while taking this medication” are written for a reason, because extensive research has been done to show the negative effects.
Like Brittney and her college friends – what seems like “fun” can turn into a messy situation – either accidental death or long-term addiction. It simply isn’t worth it. If you have found yourself in a situation where you are abusing multiple drugs like Xanax and alcohol, reach out to get help as soon as possible.