Wednesday May 27th 2015

Mixing Xanax with alcohol

Mixing Xanax with alcohol

Thinking about mixing Xanax with alcohol?

In this article, we weigh in on the risks and dangers of combining Xanax with alcohol. What happens in your body when you mix Xanax with alcohol?  Can you die from Xanax and alcohol combinations? What else can go wrong? Read on to learn more. At the end of the article, additional questions about mixing Xanax and alcohol are welcomed.

Xanax and alcohol effects

Used therapeutically as a treatment for anxiety, Xanax (alprazolam) can also cause feelings of relaxation and sometimes euphoria. So can you get high off Xanax?  Yes, taking Xanax can make you feel high. Some people like to enhance the euphoric effects of taking Xanax by mixing it with alcohol. In fact, some people have reported some of the following as pleasant Xanax and alcohol effects:

  • drowsiness
  • euphoria
  • relaxation
  • numbness

But there’s a dark side as well. Xanax chemically reacts with alcohol, having an additive effect in the body and brain when combined. That means that the effects of BOTH the alcohol and Xanax are intensified when taken together, which can be dangerous and cause overdose.  How long does Xanax stay in the blood?  For several days after use, or longer if you are a chronic user.

Dangers of mixing Xanax and alcohol

When alcohol is taken with Xanax, dangerous side effects can occur. This is mainly because mixing alcohol and Xanax can intensify the effects of both alcohol and Xanax. This additive effect goes both ways. The Xanax you’re taking can enhance the effects of the alcohol itself. Alcohol is a sedative drug and when combined with Xanax can cause trouble concentrating and difficulty with coordination, which can put you at risk of accidents. Xanax also heightens the intoxication you experience from alcohol, which can be potentially deadly – you may inadvertently experience alcohol poisoning, even if you can normally safely drink the same amount. Some other potentially dangerous effects of mixing Xanax with alcohol include:

  • dizziness
  • drowsiness
  • loss of consciousness
  • shallow breathing
  • impaired coordination
  • memory problems/blacking out
  • overdose
  • slowed heart rate

Xanax and alcohol overdose

Your risk of overdose on Xanax directly increases when Xanax is used with alcohol. The effects of both drugs are much stronger together than taken separately. Doctors recommend never mixing Xanax and alcohol. If you take a daily dose of the medication, you should probably abstain from alcohol completely.

Xanax and alcohol deaths

Alcohol is one of the most common drugs that’s used in combination with Xanax, but drinking while on Xanax can cause death. Even normal doses of Xanax are dangerous to take with alcohol. If you abuse Xanax or take more than a normal prescription dose, you might overdose or even die. The only way to avoid these risks is to decide not to drink at all while on Xanax.

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Is it safe to drink on Xanax?

No, it is not safe to drink on Xanax. Again, mixing Xanax and alcohol enhances the most dangerous effects of both drugs. If you’re not sure how far apart to space your Xanax and that beer, you should ask your prescribing doctor for more information on taking Xanax and drinking safely. But the FDA warns against mixing the two at all, under any circumstances.

Mixing Xanax alcohol questions

Do you still have questions about mixing Xanax with alcohol or other substances? Please leave your Xanax or alcohol use 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 Xanax and alcohol are also welcome.

Reference Sources: NIAAA pamphlet: Harmful Interactions, Mixing Alcohol with Medicines
DailyMed: Xanax
MedLine Plus: Alprazolam

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41 Responses to “Mixing Xanax with alcohol
Jack
8:01 pm August 13th, 2012

20 mg of alprazolam with vodka – how would one react to that?

Depressed
12:16 am December 1st, 2013

I have taken 12mg of Xanax and a half liter of rum so far. Am I in any danger of overdosing?

5:29 pm December 1st, 2013

Hello Depressed. Call the Poison Control Center at 1-800-222-1222 for emergency medical advice.

Anonimouse
2:21 am July 8th, 2014

Hi! My mom is prescribed Xanax and she drinks 4-8 glasses of wine daily. She blacks out every night. What can I do to Have a doctor stop prescribing her this drug?

Scott
10:46 am October 24th, 2014

Jack,
While I can’t address the lethality of that much Xanax mixed with vodka, I will say that there is NO therapeutic reason to take so much Xanax. Unless you eat it by the bowlful daily, 4-5 mg in one pop with knock you out.

Bob
2:51 am December 20th, 2014

This is a very irresponsible article. If one were not permitted to drink while on Xanax, the FDA would have a label warning on Xanax. There is none except that it may intensify drowsiness.

1:07 pm December 23rd, 2014

Hello Bob. If the label doesn’t explicitly say you shouldn’t take Xanax and drink alcohol with it, it doesn’t mean you should. This is an article that explains why people shouldn’t mix the two substances, there are real risks and dangers.

Jim
10:13 pm December 25th, 2014

I take 1 to 2 mg of Xanax at a time And I chew them and swallow them with a beer I’ve never had a problem. But I don’t slam beer either I pace myself so that I don’t get sloppy drunk I guess I’ve found my comfort zone and it works for me. To be honest if I don’t drink beer I need more Xanax I’ve been known to take 7 bars at once. I didn’t remember much for a few days everything eventually came back to me and I had done some pretty stupid shit

oscar
6:47 am December 26th, 2014

im on xanax and drink a lot, always black out, loss of memory…din’t know i can die

daniel
3:27 am December 27th, 2014

Looking for peace of mind. About a year back I had 5 or 6 glasses of wine over the course of four hours with dinner, finished my last drink before 1030. About 4 hours later I took .35mg of xanax, it was 2:30. I remember laying in bed and going to sleep but waking up 2 1/2 hrs. later feeling like I hadn’t slept at all, and was scared I left the house and did god knows what, but had no memory other than laying in bed falling asleep and waking up. I did not feel intoxicated at all whatsoever when I took the Xanax. My question would be, if this would be sufficient to cause a blackout or if its a far More likely I just fell asleep?

Gregory
5:32 am December 27th, 2014

I have taken 10 xanax and a couple glasses of wine. Feeling drowsiness and somewhat awkward when gettingup and walking. Feeling very sleepy

12:20 pm December 29th, 2014

Hi Gregory. . Call the Poison Control Center at 1-800-222-1222 for emergency medical advice or if things are getting progressively worse-Call 911 or have someone drive you to the ER.

Almost Dead
7:28 am December 30th, 2014

The description above is exactly what can, and did happen to me. I took about 8 mg of Xanax during the earlier parts of one day. Later that night, I some drinks with friends and was wasted on about half of what I could normally drink. After a short while, my friends took me home where I was dizzy and clumsy, I fell hitting my head, knocking myself out. An ambulance was called. While on the way to the hospital, I stopped breathing and my heart stopped. Yah, I dead for over 2 minutes and 15 seconds. Lucky for me, the paramedics revived me.
Definitely, Do NOT take ANY Xanax with alcohol! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
You may not be so lucky :-( :-( :-(

babygirl
10:14 am January 5th, 2015

I have talen 7 Xanax1mg (I’m only meant to take 2 one in the morning and one at night ) and I am drinking straight vodka…will I be alright

Lives Lost and Changed Forever
9:05 pm January 11th, 2015

My older sister habitually used Xanax and alcohol. Although everyone warned her and pleaded for her to stop she didn’t. One day, only 3 miles from where I live she was alone driving in that state. She blew a stop sign and killed someone. One persons’ life is over, my sister now is spending 11 years in State Prison. Folks, it is not worth whatever high you think you are getting. Think before you dose or drink & drive.

2:47 pm January 15th, 2015

Babygirl, NO, you won’t be alright! Call 911 or have someone drive you to the hospital. You need to have your stomach pumped and be medically supervised.

rakesh
2:23 am January 21st, 2015

I am on alprazolam and now got dependance ….i take 0.25mg 4 hourly sometes more.I suffer from anxiety and paNic disorder.
I staarted drinking alcohol 3rd time ……drink more than a half and a quarter bottels…..abt.650 ml 75percent proof.
amI in danger of dying?
what should I do?
all answers will be appreciated

1:14 pm January 26th, 2015

Hi Rakesh. I’d suggest you find a clinic or a treatment center that can help you safely quit alcohol use, and detox you from the alprazolam as well. Mixing these two substances isn’t safe and you should definitely stop this habit.

John
4:10 am January 30th, 2015

I am 16 and have never taken Xanax before. I have drank alcohol though. I would like to know what would happen if I take a 2mg Xanax that a friend gave me with 2 or 3 beers. I would really like it to help me sleep without being able to wake up due to noise near my room for the night. I have had trouble sleeping because of the noise and really need a deep sleep that I won’t be disturbed from. Will this work? Just need 1 good sleep. Any advice??

10:46 pm January 30th, 2015

Hi John. Mixing alcohol and CNS depressants will not help you get a deep sleep or feel rested. Instead, I’d suggest you find another place to sleep in for the night. Sorry that the noise is unbearable.

John
5:09 am January 31st, 2015

Thanks for the answer but can you provide more info? My friend said it will knock me out for the night. Don’t plan on doing this on a regular basis – probably just once – really need a good nights sleep. Thanks

12:29 pm February 2nd, 2015

Hello again, John. Alcohol can increase the risk of certain Xanax side effects, and mental problems, such as anxiety or panic disorders may be induced. Both Xanax (Alprazolam) and alcohol are central nervous system (CNS) depressants, which means they can both slow the activity of the brain. So. that’s why it is recommended to avoid any alcohol while on Xanax treatment.

David
12:49 pm February 7th, 2015

At max take 0.5mg and 2 to 5 drinks of beer, and not often. Im guessing this is okay?
I can’t believe the people here and how they are talking so much xanax and then drinking so much high percentage alcohol. Your putting a massive load on your liver and depressing your central nervous system. You may sleep anf not wake up. When your dead that’s it.

GiGi
12:36 am February 9th, 2015

Hello, I stumbled upon this site and am so glad that I did. I met and started dating a guy back in September, 2014 who retired in November from a 20 year law enforcement career. He had served 20 previously in the military. Since retirement, he’s gone from prompt, extremely reliable, dependable and outgoing extrovert, to a confrontational, introverted, sluggish and disoriented, recluse. I suspect he may have used Xanax to help with anxiety after 2 highly stressful careers but may have started mixing Xanax with alcohol. Based upon some of the comments from the other readers, he’s exhibiting classic symptoms of Instead of getting up at 6:00 a.m., he’s “comatose-like” sleeping until 11:00 a.m. and he also sleeps during the day. He doesn’t hear phones ringing, doorbells, televisions or door knocking. I’m not convinced that a bottle of wine, which he has consumed alone or 18 cans of beer consumed within a 7-day period would cause the kind of inebriation he’s experiencing. The scary part of this ordeal, is that he doesn’t recall emotional events. He proposed to me during church service in mid December, now as of January 29th when he’s rapidly starting to deteriorate, he hasn’t called me or visited me. He refuses to drive–actually a good thing– but now he wont talk, text, or call me.
He has no family here in this state and lives alone. When I try to contact him, he refuses to answer and was hostile during the last communication. I only tried to awaken him when a delivery driver contacted me to say they were at his front door. He neither answered his phone nor the door after incessant knocking and calling as of 6:30 a.m. on a Saturday morning. Apparently the television had been on all night. Is there any way to reach out to him? I tried contacting the only family member I was able to locate, but he in a roundabout way stated that we were not married and there was nothing he felt the right to divulge… How can I help my friend?

Becky
7:59 pm February 27th, 2015

I take 0.5 – 1 mg of Xanax a day, and I drink casually all day, until nighttime where I drink much quicker. I have not once blacked out from it, nor have I had any other additional side effects, other than the fact i get tired earlier at night. Also, I don’t take Xanax to get high, for it never produces that effect for me. I have really bad panic disorder and anxiety. I don’t drink to get drunk, either, just to reduce my anxieties. Explain why I have never blacked out or even gotten extremely drunk from it. I usually just drink light beer, so could that be it? I may drink like 4 heavy beers though and like 12 light beers. But still, I get nothing like the people I’m the comments here.

Andrew
7:16 am March 1st, 2015

I’m on a really low dose of alprazolam, 0.25mg as needed for panic attacks. I have no interest in mixing it with alcohol deliberately, so my question is this: if I start feeling like I need to take one but have already had, say, one or two beers, would taking the alprazolam be realistically dangerous? I mean, is it actually worth suffering through a panic attack just to avoid combining these two drugs at any dose?

12:12 pm March 2nd, 2015

Hi Andrew. Taking alcohol and alprazolam together at the same time is never recommended. You should keep in mind the range of decrease in BAC (blood alcohol concentrations), which is 10-20mg% per hour. In general populations, after drinking one pint of beer, the body takes about two hours to break it down.

Penny
6:16 am March 15th, 2015

Is taking Xanax the day after you got mild alcohol poisoning bad?

help
1:36 am March 17th, 2015

i took my xanrx two times daily. i havr dtank twrlvr beers today. i have blood pressure broblems and feeling vrry ill. i have problems in my life and worried about my daughter killing herself with heroin. i do not want her to die before me. Please replie I tried dr. Phil can’t get through.

1:52 pm March 19th, 2015

Hello Help. I’d suggest you call someone who can drive you to the hospital or if your symptoms are getting worse Call 911. Please react fast!

James
1:13 am April 10th, 2015

2 .5 mg xanax and bottle of beer I’m freaking out

j raww
7:43 am April 19th, 2015

I took 2 mg Xanax and 2 shots will I b ok :-(

mike
10:11 am April 19th, 2015

uh, ok, for newbies maybe. But I’ve taken up to 5 mg of Xanax with a shitload of vodka (10 plus drinks) and just fell asleep and felt better the next day. Xanax helps with the depression effects of the hangover.

3:08 pm April 21st, 2015

Hi J Raww. How are you feeling? I believe you should be OK, but if you start experiencing unusual and unwanted symptoms I encourage you to seek medical help.

D Walker
10:20 am May 2nd, 2015

Since my husband died I have been taking 2. Xanax, 2 restoril and lots of gin every night. It really helps me get through the night.

D Walker
12:37 pm May 9th, 2015

I have been using 2 xanax, 2 restoril, and a pint or so of gin a night for a while. It’s the first thing I have found to help me relax and sleep. I don’t ever go over that amount.

RJ
4:41 pm May 11th, 2015

My question is about my daughter and the addiction. She has been through an in patient treatment center and went through detox with that. She was in there for over 30 days and was sober for that entire time. It has now been about 6 months and she is back on the Xanax and consuming alcohol with it. She said she cannot physically go with out it now, her body requires it. She says she wants to get help again but she says that she wants to be a normal young adult and be able to drink with her friends. She suffers from depression and will have to be on something. At what point will treatment help and is there something else she could take for her depression and still be able to consume alcoholl? I want her to be safe. She lives alone and not close to family and don’t want anything to happen to her.

Jade
1:35 am May 14th, 2015

i have a question about a possible effect of mixing large amounts of alcohol and Xanax. A friend of mine did take very large amounts of both and he has been sober of both for about two or three days and ever since he took all that he has seemed like a completely different person. He has no emotions and it’s very confusing and weird to me. If anyone could tell me if this is a possible effect that would be very helpful.

10:46 am May 14th, 2015

Hi Jade. Alcohol and medicines, especially when mixed together produce a range of different and possibly dangerous side-effects. Different individuals react in various ways to such binges, and not all effects have been recorded by the medical community. He should be examined by a doctor, which also may run some additional tests to determine what the problem seems to be.

David
9:29 pm May 15th, 2015

Please please please do not drink and take xanax at the same time. My brother just died. This is no joke……

12:51 pm May 18th, 2015

Hello David. I’m very sorry for your loss and thank you for taking the time to warn others who might put themselves at such risk. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

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