Saturday March 28th 2015

Mixing Valium with alcohol

Mixing Valium with alcohol

Are you thinking about mixing Valium with alcohol?

You need to know the risks and dangers before you decide to mix Valium with alcohol. What happens in your body when you mix Valium with alcohol? What exactly can go wrong?  Can you die from Valium? We review mixing these two depressants here and invite you to ask questions about mixing Valium and alcohol in the comments, at the end.

Valium and alcohol effects

Valium is a benzodiazipine that contains the active ingredient diazepam. How long Valium stays in the body is relative to the long half life of 20-80 hours that it takes for diazepam to metabolize.  As a central nervous system depressant, Valium can cause feelings of relaxation and sometimes euphoria in people. Because of Valium get high and euphoric effect, some people try to enhance the feeling of getting high on Valium by mixing it with alcohol. In self-reported examples, Valium can cause the following effects when mixed with alcohol:

  • dizziness or drowsiness
  • feeling of well-being or euphoria
  • lack of coordination
  • memory problems
  • unusual behavior

Despite some of the pleasant and euphoric feelings from this combination, it’s dangerous to mix Valium with alcohol. The alcohol chemically reacts with the Valium in your system and has an additive effect in the body and brain. That means that the effects of the alcohol and Valium both are intensified. This is dangerous and cause overdose or death.

Dangers of mixing Valium and alcohol

Dangerous side effects can result when you mix Valium and alcohol. This is mainly because mixing alcohol and Valium can intensify the effects of both drugs. First, Valium heightens the intoxication you experience from alcohol. This is potentially deadly, since you may not be able to safely drink the same amount you would normally be able to drink. Alcohol poisoning is a real possibility. Some other potentially dangerous effects of mixing Valium with alcohol include:

  • alcohol poisoning
  • dizziness
  • drowsiness
  • loss of consciousness
  • shallow breathing
  • impaired coordination
  • memory problems
  • overdose

But it’s not just the Valium you need to worry about. Valium can enhance the effects of alcohol as well. Alcohol is a sedative which causes sleepiness, drowsiness, and lightheadedness. Drinking and using Valium can cause even more trouble concentrating and difficulty with coordination than just drinking alcohol alone. This can put you at risk of accidents, especially if you drive or operate machinery.

Valium and alcohol overdose

Your risk of overdose on Valium directly increases when Valium (diazepam) is taken with alcohol. Doctors never recommend mixing the two. Not even if you’re only having one or two drinks, or if you’re taking a normal therapeutic dose of Valium.

Valium and alcohol deaths

Alcohol is an incredibly common drug that is mixed with Valium. But to be clear, this sort of combination can cause death. Even normal doses of Valium are dangerous to take with alcohol. If you abuse Valium (snort, inject or take Valium other than prescribed) or take more than a normal prescription dose, you might overdose. You might even die, either from an overdose or from an accident caused by your impaired judgment and coordination. The only way to avoid these risks is to decide NOT TO DRINK while on Valium.

Is it safe to drink on Valium?

It’s never safe to drink while on Valium. The combination of alcohol and diazepam in the body enhances the most dangerous effects of both drugs. You can ask your prescribing doctor for more information on drinking safely if you’re taking Valium regularly. But the FDA warns against mixing the two at all.

Mixing Valium alcohol questions

Do you still have questions about mixing Valium with alcohol or other substances? Please leave your Valium questions here. We try our best to answer all questions personally, and promptly. And if we don’t know the answer, we will refer you to someone who can help. Your experiences with mixing Valium and alcohol are also welcome.

Reference Sources: NIAAA pamphlet: Harmful Interactions, Mixing Alcohol with Medicines
PubMed Health: Diazepam
NHTSA: Drugs and Human Performance Fact Sheets: Diazepam

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56 Responses to “Mixing Valium with alcohol
Stephen James
4:36 pm April 18th, 2012

Combining alcohol with other drugs, prescription painkillers or any type of drug, is never a good thing to do. Let alone, drinking alcohol or having an alcoholism addiction is one of the worst addictions to have.

4:16 am January 29th, 2013

I rarely drink anymore, but I do take diazepam for muscle spasms in my back, I also normally take hydrocodone for my severe osteoarthritis (bone on bone in both hips and left knee). My doctor messed up my scripts and the pharmacy would not refill my hydrocodone. Now I have been on vicodin (hydrocodone) for over 20years due to my arthritis pain, and on the diazepam for almost that long, off and on. I honestly cannot stand the pain in my hips and knee without pain meds. I’m also in school, So I have to walk around a college campus with no cartilage in my hips and left knee (right knee was replaced 8 years ago).

I am VERY angry with the entire medical system, as I should have had my hips and knee replaced long ago, but they always find an excuse NOT to do it. So tonight, I hurt beyond words, will hurt tomorrow more than I can imagine, and have NO PAIN MEDS. So all I have is my diazepam, gabapentin and some Irish Cream which I’ve almost drank the entire bottle. I’m tired of being in pain, and tired of health care “professionals” and I use that term VERY loosely, who could care less if I hurt this bad or not. So, I took 20mg of diazepam (twice my normal dose) 1200mg of gabapentin (twice my normal dose) 18 benydryl and nearly an entire bottle of Irish Cream. HOPING I can sleep tonight without being in horrific pain. I’m so tired of being in pain……

2:20 pm January 29th, 2013

Hi GM. Combining sedatives for self-medication can sometimes work. But it will catch up to you in the long term. Perhaps there are some lifestyle changes that can help manage the arthritis? Or a second opinion from a doctor? Resorting to drinking and taking Valium for pain relief must be very frustrating, indeed!

2:30 am January 30th, 2013

I’ve had four different orthopedic surgeons review my xrays and MRI and all concur that the only thing to be done are total replacements of both hips and left knee (my right knee was replaced in ’09). I’ve gained a considerable amount of weight because I cannot do anything as far as exercise goes. I also have Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue, Myofascial Pain beside the arthritis and the lower lumbar stenosis (the four bulging discs). So I either take pain meds to help take the edge off (and believe me, NOTHING gets rid of the pain completely, not even Duragesic patches), or I get them replaced. The four surgeons I’ve seen will not do surgery because they want me to lose weight first, which is fine, but tell me HOW I’m going to do THAT without being able to move??

I’m frustrated and pissed. And I hate being dependent on meds just to get up off the couch. I can’t even sleep in bed anymore because the pain is so severe when I lay down, that I can only sleep for 20 minutes at a time, then I have to sit up. So I just sleep sitting up on the couch now, and I get a reasonable amount of sleep, but it’s NOT something I want long term. I just don’t want to be in pain anymore. I really don’t think that is a lot to ask.

I hate taking all these pills, I hate being panic stricken when something gets messed up (like yesterday) because I KNOW how horrible I’m going to feel. I had to miss school today because of how bad I felt. They did get my Rx fixed, and the extra strength they gave me is helping. If it can keep helping, I have hopes I may be able to lose weight, if I lose weight I can have the surgeries. I just want to be able to walk again, and NOT be in pain, then I can get rid of the pain meds….. which is my ultimate goal. But right now, I can’t do anything at all without them.

chris howell
7:47 pm March 20th, 2013

I have recently come out of hospital for a large valium, paracetamol and alcohol overdose.
Is it normal to feel so terribly lethargic?
I find it hard to hold down a conversation or even hold a coffee cup properly.
Your response would be greatly appreciated.
Kind regards,

6:28 pm April 14th, 2013

im on an amount that i dont know is large or not 6, 5mm=g of val and 2 cans of beer and bottle of wine with the want for VALIUM i have high tolerence to drugs often taking 15 or more e,s on nights out WHAT U THINK IM OK I THINK ?

8:42 am April 15th, 2013

Hi Barry. It’s never safe to drink while on Valium. Check with your doctor to confirm this medical opinion.

7:38 am April 18th, 2013

I’m taking Diazepam and Sertraline on a daily bases before I go to bed. I’m planning to have a good night with some friends and will be drinking some alcohol will it be unsafe to get home after sobering up a little and taking much pills before I sleep? My prescribed dosage is 2mg of Diazepam and 25mg of Sertraline. Thanks in advance!

7:55 am April 19th, 2013

Hi Bobby. I’d suggest that you consult with your prescribing doctor first. Planning for a binge and knowing the possible side effects before combining meds is a wise thing to do.

5:05 am June 4th, 2013

My Grandmother is 92. She has a presciption for 5 mg diazepam, which she takes occassionally at night for leg cramps or just if she can’t sleep. She has a glass- or two- of red wine every evening, but this is usually a couple of hours before she goes to bed (when she would take the diazepam). Is this dangerous, or is it ok because the dose is so low?

5:06 am June 4th, 2013

Re the grandmother, she is also on zoloft.

10:02 am August 14th, 2013

Hello Carrie. It’s best to avoid drinking while taking diazepam at all. What does your grandmother’s doctor recommend?

2:19 am September 19th, 2013

How much time is recommended after ingesting either Valium or alcohol before taking the other is considered safe? I.e., if I have 2 drinks at 8PM, when would it be safe to take a prescribed dose of Valium, or vice versa?

Thanks for your reply.

Karen Kind-Mol
5:14 pm October 28th, 2013

My 31 yr old adult male son was admitted to the CCU – he was found to have a blood alcohol level of 598 and valium and another narcotic in his blood stream. One of his so called “friends” said that every knows you take a valium to bring you down the high of alcohol – can people really believe this? this lethal combination nearly caused my son his life. PLEASE continue to post the effects of mixing any drug with alcohol.
Thank you.

His Mother

1:54 pm October 31st, 2013

Hello Karen. My prayers are with you. We hope that others can avoid this risk just by informing them of the dangers. Bless you and your son. Lee

11:46 am November 20th, 2013

Valium and alcohol (beer) parties were very common in my circles in the late ’70s and ’80s. somebody got ‘m from their parents – usually a few 10 mgs.

I befriended someone at one of these parties and we decided to drive to another party. The last thing I remember as the car veered toward parked cars, was looking over and seeing the driver slumped over the steering wheel.

Then I woke up to the firemen all around me. I got in no trouble, but the driver got in plenty. I had my day in court for DUIs though.

8:20 am January 3rd, 2014

Hi, I drank a lot last night, 3/4 bottle of wine, glass sherry & a couple of glasses of whisky. I took 5mg diazepam before I went to sleep, 11pm, woke up at 5am having a huge panic attack so took another 5mg. I have now woken up at 8am, and am shaky, wobbly when I walk, frightened and really scared I’m going to die from all I have taken. Could I still die, or would I have done so earlier if I’d overdosed? Thanks, I’m really scared.

paul smith
10:31 am February 5th, 2014

I drink a bottle of red wine and take 10mgs of valium/diazepam and I feel wonderful.I have it with a big meal and I sleep well.I did this because all the doctors I’ve been to are so stubborn and would never increase the dose.I am not going to beg them anymore for a good nights sleep.People only overdose when they mix huge amounts of alcohol with huge amounts of meds.

11:25 am February 5th, 2014

Hi Paul. Drinking one bottle of wine daily is a sign of an alcohol problem – for men, one indicator is more than 10 drinks per week, or more than 2 drinks at one sitting. It’s possible that you have a very high tolerance for alcohol … but we don’t recommend ever drinking while taking Valium.

Tristan Alonso
3:48 pm February 24th, 2014

I went to a big event in the Philippines wherein the highlight was RHCP playing for the crowd. Before that day (that was the 2nd) i took a couple of valiums, (10 mg), around 5, snorted 2, and took 3 during the event proper. Took a couple of drinks like 2 or 3 cans of beer. The next day, i was feeling kinda drowsy and all but I was normal its just that my speech was gibberish and all. I drank like 10 shots of tequilla before RHCP played and then there I was so hyped up that it felt like i didnt take even a tablet of V. Now, im still feeling kinda down low, and I wanna know the side effects now of whats gonna happen next. How long will this feeling last and will still be normal again like how i was before the international music festival. Please email the answer to me and keep this private. Thank you so much for all the help you can give. Looking forward to it. Peace!

1:23 pm March 7th, 2014

Mixing Valium and alcohol is never a great combo .. Believe me I’ve had plenty of nights I havnt remembered off this cocktail !! But seriously – if your out drinking and get home feeling panicky and anxious throw a few Val’s back 2-3 only ‘you will NOT die’ !! Also With Katie I think it was the alcohol that gave her, her panic attack followed by a touch of alcohol poisoning the next day !! Karen needs to realise her son was on narcotics that night and that her 31 year old son should be old enough not to listen to his ‘friends’ unless the guy downed a 50 pack of Val’s and a bottle of vodka I highly doubt it was those to things alone that put him in hospital!

Joe blow
4:43 pm March 15th, 2014

My question is exactly this, which of the following drug mixture has the most potential for overdose, alcohol and;
Please respond

10:16 am March 17th, 2014

Hey Joe. You can check out emergency room statistics regarding drug overdoses and combinations of drugs with alcohol here:

9:14 pm March 20th, 2014

Could taking valium and alcohol cause the same symptoms of cfs/ me

Colleen Hunter
9:12 am May 20th, 2014

My fiancé is on Valium patches due to a bad back injury. He doesn’t drink very often but when he does it effects him dramatically, his personality changes, he is like a Jekyll & Hyde, and is quite scary. Is this normal? He doesn’t realise how bad he is and does not think its because he is on Valium, even though it clearly says on the pack do not drink alcohol ! What other harm is he doing to himself.
A very worried fiancée
Thank you

1:44 pm May 21st, 2014

Hi Colleen, I’ve never heard of a Valium patch? Are u sure it’s not a morphine patch? Any way besides that it’s absolutely normal for your fiancé to act like that mixing it with alcohol but it’s not good !! (Obviously) long term use of these 2 can lead to brain damage – I self medicated with alcohol and Valium for about 5 years and my memory is shot to sh!t not to mention the situations I found my self in due to my aggression or black outs!! Best thing you can do for your fiancé and your self is tell his doctor

11:38 am August 6th, 2014

Is it dangerus to mix one or two glass of vine every day with one valium of 5 mg every night for more than a year? Can it cause problems with short term memory? That is the only change I notice.
Thank you!

12:13 am August 16th, 2014

I was scared of flying, was advised to take this drug, flew to Mexico had some wine it was the best flight I ever had.

12:20 am August 16th, 2014

can number 8, 2 vallium, feeling bless, WUBBLE-DUBBLE-DUB-DUB

5:38 am August 17th, 2014

I just drank #2 22 oz beers waited 3 hrs an d took 10 mg valium.and 30 mg during day..feel weird

1:04 pm September 11th, 2014

I dont understand how this is dangerous, the other week i took 80mg of valium, half a gram of mdma, near half a gram of mephodrone, a couple bumps of ketamine and drank 3 pints of beer and some vodka. Is this actually dangerous or am i just really lucky to be alive? I did all this at festival and i was hallucinating more than i ever have. To be honest i want to do it again but would like to know if i seriously might die if i try it again

10:48 pm September 13th, 2014

I was going through a tough time and drank a bottle of 18 year old single malt whisky, a gram of coke and 6 10mg valium. Not sure whether i wanted to wake up. This was at 10pm and at 12pm the following day i went outside, naked, and was screaming for snipers to kill me. (i dont remember any of this) im not sure if i was ‘awake’ or whether i was sleep walking etc, hallucinating or what. I’ve done lots of drugs over the years so maybe my immunity built up not to overdose. Is this normal? would a normal person die from this?

9:29 am September 15th, 2014

Hi Martin. I’d say you were lucky. You put yourself in a very risky situation, and thank god, there were no fatal concequences. I’d suggest you don’t try to do the same again.

11:32 am September 15th, 2014

I take this with green apple vodka, just one. Is that bad?

12:25 pm September 15th, 2014

Hello Charity. Well, it’s Not recommended. And you are familiar with the side effects and risks, listed in the article above.

3:23 pm September 22nd, 2014

I have recently been given 2mg of Diazapan 1.-3 tablets to be taken 3 times a day. I am being treated for anxiety due to a bad experience. Not sure how long I will be on them. I took 6mg yesterday but was told I can take up to 9 tablets per day. What I want to know is , I usually have a few glasses of wine at the weekend would this be dangerous, or should I just stop the medication if I am going to have a few drinks, please advise me , Many thanks.

7:29 am September 23rd, 2014

Hi Fiona. You may experience sedative effects if you drink alcohol while taking Diazepam.
Doctors strongly prohibit drinking alcohol if you are treated with this medicine.

5:58 am November 7th, 2014

in my opinion this vals and alcohol will kill you talk is rubbish. iv been doing it for ten years. had 50 mg tonight and 4 beers feel need to take hundreds of vals to die.

10:12 pm November 22nd, 2014

I have no experience with Valium… I have done alot of other things before, and went to a doctor the other day and he gave me 25 5mg pills, I never said I had “anxiety” so I do not know why he gave it to me.
I tried first two, an I felt better than I have in months…
Today is saturday, and instead of feeling “down” I took 3 tabs and a bottle of wine.
And I feel great and want to finally go out and meet people again for the first time in weeks.
Should I be worried, or is it ok to go out on a saturday binge after 15mg, when I this is my first experience with it?

9:00 pm November 24th, 2014

that depends what you class as a binge and more importantly who you are with.

12:49 am December 23rd, 2014

I have been on a maximum of 4 mg per day of Diazepam for 10 years. I now drink (for the last 3 years) 2 glasses of red wine per evening – but no other alcohol during the day – just 90+% water. Any suggestions? Regards, Geoff

11:25 pm December 26th, 2014

Is it dangerous to take codeine forte in conjunction with Valium?

12:45 am December 30th, 2014

Dear Geoff, you have nothing to worry about 4 mg of valium /diazepam is a very small dose.

12:21 pm December 31st, 2014

Hell Dana. Yes, mixing codeine (an opiate) with Valium (a benzodiazepine) is dangerous. The mix will enhance the central nervous depressant effects of each drug. Check in with a pharmacist for more information about the contraindications, risks, and adverse side effects.

lydia saderman
11:09 pm December 31st, 2014

If I take a 2.5 mg of valium and have one ore two drinks of wine with dinner a couple of hours later, is there harm?

4:40 am January 2nd, 2015

I’m prescribed diazepam because of my severe panic attacks and tomorrow I’m going to a party (my first one in years) which I am extremely anxious about and I know that I can’t both take a diazepam and drink alcohol at the same time but to stop my anxiety rising throughout the day I was considering taking a tablet at perhaps 1pm as I wouldn’t start drinking until about 6pm and I was told the effects of diazepam only last about four hours. would this still be unsafe? I am only on a 2mg doseage to take when I need it, but I’m a 17 year old 39kg female so I don’t know if the effects are heightened because of my low weight. I’m just looking for some advice on how I should handle this situation. thank you.

10:54 pm January 3rd, 2015

Help I took 10mg Diazepam at 9 in the morning went for lunch had another a 2 but had 2 small bottles of wine came home felt really jumpy so I took another at 8.30 now I am worried sick

12:19 pm January 14th, 2015

Just taken 15mgs of diazepam and a 6 pack of beer. Not feeling so well. Shallow breathing, exhaustion and depression are taking control.. Emotionally dos functional and can only type with one eye open due to plus I have stopped crying at least /- soo tired So depressed. I also self harmed for first time since a teen .. Need help

1:51 pm January 14th, 2015

Hi Mary. For any concerns for overdose, you can Call the Poison Control Center on 1-800-222-1222 and talk to a poison expert. It’s a free call and they’ll provide guidance on what to do next if you are facing a risk of overdosing.

Hi Alias. Do you have anyone near you who can drive you to the ER? You need medical assistance ASAP. If no one can drive you, then Call 911.

9:08 pm January 14th, 2015

dear Alias .15mg is a small dose the effects you have are mostly from the should see a doctor about the self harming could be depression.i’ve been taking valium in varying doses for about 16 years.
dear Mary.i think you’ve had 40 mg enough to make you tired it won’t harm you in any way.with or without alcohol.

5:18 pm January 15th, 2015

I’ve mixed alcohol and Valium twice now in the space of 3 days. Not sure exactly how strong the pills were but I had 3 each time. I was only slightly drunk the second time but the first time I was completely smashed. Just wandered if there was any long term affects I might end up having?
So far I feel fine, just a bit sluggish and unmotivated but pretty content.

8:42 pm January 16th, 2015

hi George .no long term effects from what you’ve done but if you keep doing it there could be.

10:27 am February 17th, 2015

Does valium and alcohol together effect the liver more than just alcohol alone?

6:01 am February 18th, 2015

Well, i’de say exaggerate in one of them does not makes you overdose, well if you have consciousness, off course. I’ve taken over 10 of 10mg,100mg of diazepam/valium per night to get some sleep, and yeah it works. But mixing with alcohol you should have caution and never take when you’re totally drunk, because you can end in a hospital or die. All people are different, so don’t risk it! But if you take a couple of 10mg and drink after, is totally different, you control your buzz and stop drinking when you feel dizzy!! Believe me, i portuguese and i usually drink “calheta aguardente”, it’s a very strong rum from Madeira Island, (over 50% of alcohol, but smooth and so good to drink, you have to try before you die) and i’ve done that experience more than once, it’s a great buzz mixing both but only in a controlled state of mind. By the way don’t get used to it because it vanishes your brain, more than Heroin! So making a brief, you can mix both but do not exaggerate in one of them, it kills you a little by little… or in one way!

6:06 am February 18th, 2015

nunya, yeah it affect the liver more combined, than just alcohol alone. All drugs metabolize in the liver!

3:08 pm March 18th, 2015

I complelty agree with this. I mean j have a high drug tolerance but last Friday decided to take 4 10mg drink a bottle of absoutle vodka and half a bottle of run between 2, blacked out at around 12am a d become the world biggest ass hole and said things I defiantly shud. not of said, it complelty overtook me and. I can’t r ember a. thing. Not somthing I’d advise.

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