Thursday January 29th 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.

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

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

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.

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?

10:46 am October 24th, 2014

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.

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.

Ivana @ Addiction Blog
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.

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

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

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?

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

Ivana @ Addiction Blog
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 :-( :-( :-(

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.

Ivana @ Addiction Blog
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.

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

Ivana @ Addiction Blog
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.

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