Mixing Xanax with alcohol

The effects of mixing Xanax and alcohol can enhance relaxation and euphoria. But you can also die from Xanax overdose if you mix alcohol with Xanax. More here on harms and warnings for mixing Xanax with alcohol.

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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

If you feel that you need help coping with your alprazolam (Xanax) and alcohol seeking behavior and would like quit, you should consider talking with a doctor or entering an alprazolam addiction treatment program and help that can help you cope with both substances of abuse successfully.

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
About the author
Lee Weber is a published author, medical writer, and woman in long-term recovery from addiction. Her latest book, The Definitive Guide to Addiction Interventions is set to reach university bookstores in early 2019.


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  1. I’m 29 and I never drink or take anything except daily vitamins. I’ve felt a bit stressed lately so I took a half of a Xanax bar(Yellow one) and took literally two sips of Chardonnay and that’s it… Is this bad or will I be okay? Because as I said before I’m not a drinker and do not take pills other than vitamins so this was just a one time thing. Any input would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!

  2. Hey guys so you will always have side effects from mixing Benzodiazepines( aka sedative/ hypnotics) and alcohol. To what degree?
    Take Xanax before drinking alcohol and youll wake up in Vegas with a room full of drugs, strippers and farm animals.
    If you know you’re going to have a few libations during dinner or a party I’ve found 60-90 minutes is a pretty safe bet.
    That being said I am pharmacist tech and I have heard plenty of stories of patients taking 20-30mg, against doctors orders of course, and been just fine. It would take in the high hundreds of milligrams to cause a fatal overdose. This is why they’ve done away with barbiturates (Seconal, phenobarbital, etc…) because of the safety issues not associated with benzodiazepines. I would never drink with any medication, let alone a sedative/ hypnotic. KEEP EVERYTHING IN MODERATION!!!

    1. That’s what I was wondering. Because everybody seems to do it. I try to find out how to do so safely, and all I can find is, ‘Don’t do it, not even a sip, not even with part of a Xanax, you will die’! And that is not giving us accurate information. Will only make us mistrust. I don’t drink, but what if I wanted a scotch, and half a Xanax? What if I am a smashed, and have just a little corner of one of those pills? Am I going to wake up dead? Will my tipsy friend stop breathing, if I let him have one? There has to be some kind of chart, or something.

  3. I have just stopped taking xanax I have been on it for 8 months .my Dr. Just tapered me off and I was wondering if it would be safe to drink after just stopping

  4. i don’t know about pills and looked thru google but didn’t quite get answers … so anyone who could answer this please respond to the comments below.
    at this teenage new year’s party a 17 yr old drank a bottle of Jack Daniels and snorted 2 xanax … he passed out and started foaming at the mouth … (this teenager has a high tolerance for alcohol mind you)
    can you please tell me what foaming of the mouth indicates as well as explain what happen and the dangers … i want to show them what transpired (mind you this is a 6ft 2″ teenage boy)
    please send me the explanation i requested as well as things to do in this situation as well as overdose situations … clearly teenagers will continue to do there thing … BUT i want them correctly educated in what are warning sign and life death situation signs … as well as what are the life saving steps to take to save a life instead of innocently assuming that it’s just drunkness etc
    thank you very much

  5. I took ambien for insomnia on and off for 6 years. Then the FDA came out with approval/denial of the current prescription dose doctors were prescribing. I was taking 12.5 mg for two years and 10 mg prior, I was never advised not to drink. So at 27 years old I felt like my memory was going to be screwed forever because it is proven that it has not only short-term long-term memory loss issues associated with the medication. I struggle with depression, anxiety & PTSD… I was prescribed Klonopin for years and was mixing it with drinking and was never told that that was a huge risk. The risk is higher than a heroin or cocaine intake risk. Mixing a benzo with alcohol creates a high-level chance of having a seizure which could happen in a day or weeks after not mixing. Because of my struggle with depression anxiety PTSD, I was prescribed Klonopin for years and was mixing it with social drinking and was never told that that was a huge risk, higher than a heroin or cocaine intake. Mixing a benzo with alcohol creates a high-level chance of having a seizure which could happen a day or weeks after not mixing (or getting off of either abruptly) the two. For all the people on this blog asking is this OK is that OK, every persons tolerance is different so there is no answer. Bottom line is mixing alcohol with any kind of benzo I.e. Xanax, Klonopin, oxycodone, OxyContin, fentenol, etc. is not a good idea. Know that you’re loved.

  6. I’ve been taken 1-2 1mg zanax daily for years. I also have been drinking alcohol for years at night. I am down to two – 3 glasses of wine at night and I take zanax in the morning. My doctor just told me not to take them together. I’ve had quite a few panic attacks and insomnia. I take trazedone for sleep. what should I do.

  7. The comments from the drug “experts” are somewhat alarmist. If you are only taking .025 or .05 mg of Xanax that is a very moderate dose. You should be OK to drink beer or wine but I would avoid the hard stuff. I’ve been taxing Xanax since 1992 after I had a nervous breakdown from too much work. I use it to go to sleep. When I go cold turkey I can’t sleep all night. Horrible. Now I’m 64 with a nice pension so the work pressure is off. One word of advice: If you are drinking buy yourself a breathalyzer. They only cost about $25. If it reads .08 or higher that is the limit so don’t bother getting into the car. I use that rule and have never had a DUI. You can be at .08 or higher inside your house and nobody will care.

  8. i have abused xanax and alcohol for 6 years. it has definitely caused both short and long term memory damage and slowed my cognition. but it’s such a great high, i know i will never stop. docs prescribe it like candy. and if you do things right you can stretch a 20 mg dose out for 60 days. mixing “x” with vodka straight has a very powerful sedative chilling effect. i really cant drink anymore without combining x with alcohol. the high is just too much fun. boo hoo to those who say nay nay, dont do it. life is too short not to be high all the time. managing the high of x and alcohol just takes practice and not overdosing. but in the end, yeah, you can do your own leaving las vegas episode, but i think it’s more fun to be alive and high all the time vs dead.

  9. So, I drink wine often…ill have a Xanax (.5..i know wimpy), a couple times a week…whats 2-4 glasses of wine n 20-30 xans…can I die? Will I die? Theyre sayin in these comments n crap…well, it’s not bad, careful of mixture…duh. come on, I need like a real ans…u try stuff, I do stuff, try things…gimme some kinda reg ans

  10. Hello. I would like to know how long it takes for the (adverse) effects of mixing Valium and Alcohol take to kick in? I had 1.5 of a 5mg at 12am (last night), but have had 3 beers and a mini whiskey from 5am till 4:30pm (today). I am trying to taper of the alcohol. If anything was to happen would it have happened already?

  11. Is it okay to have 1 small glass chardonnay with full dinner, then 2 hours later, have 1 50 mg. Tramadol and 0.12 mg Xanax, 1 500 mg Valtrex? I have severe osteoarthritis and sleep is difficult. I never increase the drugs; & rarely drink.

  12. My boyfriend is taking 1 mg xanax to help sleep. He drank 4 beers about an hour after dinner and then took xanax 2 to 3 hours later. Is this ok?

  13. I have been mixing cocaine and alcohol for years, sometimes with mdma or oxys, taking fistfulls of alprazolam and diazepam to come down, never had a problem just an awesome ride with a fine sweet come down… until i got sick and ended up seizing one morning because i got physically dependent to the drug, not even knowing which one.. now my life is a hell, I dream of xanax all day and I’d take it without hesitating even knowing it has destroyed my ability to be happy. I hope my story can inspire some. Moral of the story is: drinking a little beer with your xanax won’t do you harm, but if you are trying to reach some state of extreme relaxation or euphoria, escalating goes fast and ends bad

  14. My mom’s boyfriend shorts Xanax all day long one right after another and hes been drinking wisky the past cupple of days and getting scary can he die ???

  15. took 3.5 mg xanax yesterdayspaced out by every 3 hours ending at 7 pm. This morning at 6am drank vodka. The xanaxshould be metabolized by now, right?

  16. Just got off the phone with my Daughter who Proceeds to tell me that her Father was molesting her when she was between the ages of 11 and 13 years old. She is thirty now has two children and one due any day. She blamed me for everything. I do suffer from PTSD from when I was little because I was sexualy abused when I was little, plus I am manic depressive I take Xanax 1mg daily twice a day. Needless to say I went and bought a 40 Oz Mickey’s got to the last glass and took 2 mg of Xanax with it. Will I be okay? I never abuse my Meds but this was just to much.

  17. My brother in law was found dead in his truck last Friday. His death was caused by taking approximately 100mg of Xanax and 1.5 liters of vodka! He was diagnosed with bladder cancer and was dealing with relationship and financial troubles and had been missing for 9 days. They also found a bottle of trazadone with only a few tablets left. So YES it was an intentional overdose suicide! May Rest In Peace. He just turned 59 5/13/17!

  18. I have used both xanax and a few beers. I never remember the night it’s really not worth it. It came to the point where I found this article after googling can xanax cause death while drinking. The answer is yes and after a night out it’s not worth it to take my medicine. Every time I do my chest feels heavy and I can’t get up from the couch. Just don’t do it there are better ways to cope with depression or anxiety.

  19. After four glasses of wine at dinner a couple of hours ago is it safe to take half a 5 mg xanax, and the other half later if needed?

  20. I take half a 5 mg at bed time. Usually with vodka and ice cream. Tonight I had four glasses of wine with dinner aboit three hours ago. Should I be ok? I sometimes take the other half later. No vodka tonight.

  21. I have a client who takes Klonopin one day a week, her anxious work day. She struggles with problem drinking, and tries to abstain on the day she takes Klonopin but is not always successful. Is there a different anti-anxiety drug she could take that would not be as dangerous if mixed with alcohol? I thought Xanax might not be as bad, but it sounds like it can be serious also.

  22. I have been taking 0.25 mg of alprazolam three times a day and a bottle of wine. I know this is wrong and have stopped the wine. How long will it take for the side-effects go?

  23. i took 6mg of genaric xanax and right after i drank 1/2 5th of whiskey should i be worried. i have only taking as needed till my wife left me and she is bipolar and off her meds now for 8 months. i have jus t been increasing my xanax dose to 6 or 8 mg. with whiskey to help get by. if im dont all i think off is i want to die and to top it off i have had cancer they cut it out….but its back but they have yet to find it.should i stop taking that amount or what?

  24. I used Xanax for my fist time today, and I was sipping a beer at the same time. I am going to experience the side effects mentioned above? Is it only when you do it every day ? Thank you

  25. I have been taking Xanax 250mcg 3 x daily for the last 5 days, I am going out tonight I am going to miss tonights dose I am wondering can I have a few beers instead

  26. So I am an author, working on a scene in which one of my characters sadly attempts overdose using alcohol and Xanax. I really want to get this scene medically accurate, and was wondering if you had resources where I could calculate or figure out what would be a potentially lethal dose for the character. I understand that this may seem insensitive, But I feel that in representing such a serious and sad issue, I would be my duty to make it accurate at the very least. Thank you.

  27. You people need help. Zxanx is a great way to get away from all the bullshit so called life throws at you. Stop asking what will happen if…. Just do it.

  28. I take one .25mg of Xanax about every other day started about a few weeks ago so I had one today around 11am it’s now 4pm would it be ok to have a few beers now.

  29. I took 0.25mg of alprazolam early in the day and drank a lot of beer later on in the night, today I felt hungover and not well, I then took another 0.25mg today and drank one beer thus far but am feeling out of it, weak, kind of flushed, tired. Should I be alright?

  30. My mother is prescribed xanax and takes one in the morning as prescribed by her doctor (I am not sure the does but I think it’s on the higher side because she has been on it for awhile). She also drink two or three light beers every evening when she comes home from work ( this is at leaste 8 hours from the time she took the xanax). My mother has almost debilitating anxiety. Sometimes she won’t go to work for days on end and hides in her bedroom (she also obviously has depression issues but she refuses to seek treatment for this). My question is, could taking these to components be actually contributing or worsening her anxiety? I appreciate any help, thank you!

  31. Hi there,

    I took my 5mg xanax (not a daily user) today. I had 4 coolers afterwards. I am feeling high and shaky and have a fast heart rate. I am suppose to be going out to a club tonight. Am I safe in my current state?

  32. I just took 3 xanax not sure the doses bc my aunt gives them to me for my anxiety… i ha d a really bad day to day so i took the first one with a beer and 2nd and 3rd with a beer all with in 30 minutes. Im feeling a little loopy. Now im gonna smoke some weed. Will i be ok???

  33. can one have a drink or 2 not more then wait a few hours and safily take low dose 0.25 zanix ..is this safe of zero alchol no leyway whatso ever

  34. My husband consumed allot of alcohol and had 2 xanax through out the day. He stepped out to smoke and came back in screaming clinching his head, saying something was wrong .He said he was experiencing flashing in his eyesight. This went on for a few to five minutes. He ran back out in the snow, came back in and his mouth an jaw were doing involuntary crazy things. It was terrifying. He wouldn’t let me call 911 .it finally subsided. What was he experiencing. A stroke?

  35. If you know or love someone who has begun to mix xanax with alcohol…RUN, MFer RUN AND HIDE! ALL HELL and DEMONS follows their addiction and WILL be visited ON YOU and you will be in a much better position to love them IF they ever come back than when you WILL get dragged down with their decline and destroyed in their drama…s daily KrAZineSS.

  36. My wife takes her xanax every morning and then she begins to drink beer or wine. By 2pm I can get her to her shop she owns and fails to run. Her workes and I run her shop. She has her super special high and it is so addictive she cannot quit even though we beg her to stop. Soon I will leave, take my retired check and benefits that pay for all her high and never look back or listen. Right now she is telling me she and me cannot even eat anymore because xanax mixed with alcohol means more to her than me and her and our love and marriage and her 22 year business. She is done and finished. I am gone. I have found that there is no way to break the addiction to the high that people get from xanax mixed with alcohol. When they do this they are forever lost to this and they must be left, divorced, abandoned etc. DO NOT WASTE TIME TRYING TO SAVE THEM. Doctors who become tired of hearing wives fears love to prescribe xanax and they then destroy families.

  37. Doc just prescribed me 15 mg pills of Xanax and said if it doesn’t work first time just take two the next night. I told him I’ve been drinking whiskey to help me sleep he said he wouldn’t recommend drinking on Xanax but if I do just keep it to 1 or 2 drinks. This sounds scary to me. Reason he prescribed it was a resent death in the family and been having problems sleeping since.

  38. If I take a Xanax and 3:00 PM as an example and have one mixed drink at 7:00 PM and have nothing else to drink the rest of the evening would that still be as severe health risk because of the time lapse?

  39. My Question to you is this simple, I have been seeing a Clinical Psychologist for Clinical Depression, Borderline Personality Disorder, and Dysfunctual Gender Identity disorder for over 8 years, Additionally, I have been under a psychairatrist care for suicide attempts. I was almost successful whe I was seventeen, but i continually thew up all the medication I swalled. All i did was continually throw up.

  40. Going to be drinking a lot Thursday and also need Xanax to ease my mental pain due to loss of loved one. I am at .25 mg. I will be drinking heavy. Curious as to the danger if any

  41. Taking 2mg Kalma every 6hrs & having 2 burbon & cokes after 5.00 pm 3 times a week. Am I risking health or mental health issues or something even worst by combining the two

  42. i had about four glasses of wine. how long do i have to wait before i take my nightly xanax? prescribed for anxiety and depression as well as for migraines. Have good tolerance to it, take three and then sleep thru the night. Is four hours long enough to wait? thanks so much.

  43. I have anxiety problem like sudden Body shock while sleeping headache eye stress eye redness lack of sleep. Pls prescribed schedule of dose and its side effect.

  44. My psychiatrist prescribed 0,25mg of alprazolam, and I wonder if drinking alcohol SOMETIMES will be dangerous to me.

  45. At work i took about a half of a 1mg Xanax.. wich was about 4 hours ago give or take .. id like to have a glass of wine champage right now will i die?

  46. I usually drink about 750 ml of whiskey, but I take 2 1/2 yellow bars before I go to sleep to avoid a hangover the next day. When I wake up… I feel like I never had anything to drink the night before and generally wake up in a great mood.

  47. Last Thursday I took a couple of Xanax and muscle relaxers and drank alcohol, it was a bad experience and my spouse took me to the ER. They didn’t do anything other than run a blood test to see what I had taken. However I still feel light headed and shaky, how long will these symptoms last? I’m on prescribed pain meds for severe RA that I take daily. I was out of these and that is why I took the Xanax and muscle relaxers that were prescribed to my husband. I was looking for pain relief. Thanks~

  48. You people worry too much listening to these doom and gloomers. I’ve been taking Xanax (1 mg) or less and drink beer and wine since 1992. No problems except if I overdo the booze. In any event, don’t even think about driving under these conditions.

  49. I had nothing to drink around me except for a sangria. I only took a sip of it for taking my xanex, will I be okay?

  50. I have been on Xanax for well over twenty years PRN. I have had as many as three a day in the past but am much lower than that now and sometimes will have one before bed. I have talked to pharmacists and everyone says as long as you give at least 6 hours before and after drinking when taking Xanax it should not be a problem. I have never had any adverse affect and all my organ functions and other blood tests are great. Face it doctors don’t like people drinking supposedly …. that is what they say. I play golf with doctors that get more intoxicated than I do after a round. Let’s have some honesty from these posts. Irresponsible use of the two drugs is not good and not advised but a cocktail once in a while with the appropriate waiting period is not a problem. I have over twenty years to prove it and so do others.

  51. I took whole bars every night mixed with Budweiser and sometimes whiskey for a little over a month is it more difficult to fall asleep sober after quitting and why?

  52. They say you can’t really overdose and die on Xanax alone, only in combination with other drugs or alcohol. But let’s just say someone took like 200mg of Xanax, what would happen?

    1. Hi Falak. Please consider that it is illegal to consume medications other than prescribed, and you put yourself at risk.

  53. My best friend just died a week ago. Her heart stopped while she was asleep. She was a heavy drinker and often took pills. Her mom died 2 months ago and she was having trouble with anxiety and couldn’t sleep. Her doctor perscribed Xanax She also had high blood pressure. I was told she kept forgetting she took them and took more. Forgot again and took more. Now she’s gone at 32. EVEN IF YOU FEEL EXPERIENCED TO DRINK WHILE ON XANAX….DON’T!!!…ONE TIME YOU NIGHTY NOT BE SO LUCKY!!

  54. I took 15 mg of Xanax and drank a fifth of 80 proof gin and didn’t die (no medical attention or anything) but I wouldn’t recommend testing the boundaries. I’m 18 and 120 lbs.

  55. Two nights ago I drank 2 bottles of wine and took more then I can remeber in xanax . I blacked out completely tripped on a laundry basket and smashed my face in to a wine glass that was sitting on the nite stand knocking me out cold …when i came to I was laying in a puddle of blood …..I was so out of it i could not collect myself enough to dial 911 with my blood soaked phone ……the next thing I rememer is i was laying on the side walk passed out a half mile or so from my house ….a passing driver stopped and told me to hold on help is on its way …..I began to touch my wound on my head and the man said ” dont touch it it will cut you” I said what do you mean? He said you have a piece of glass stuck in your eyebrow and your losing alot of blood ……I didnt think this could happen to me …dont let this happen to you mixing xanax and alcohol can kill you my heart rate was at 17 beats per minute Im 33 years old …..real talk I almost lost an eye and if not for the passing driver chances are high Id be dead right now

  56. I am prescribed xanax- i guess taking them so long, I have built up a tolerance. But tonight I am drinking with it… and I still feel nothing. I know potentially this is not safe, but after taking 8 blue xans- and a good amount of liquor I feel completely sober… why is that?


  58. About three months ago I was taking 6-7 2mg Xanax bars a day for a year, and consuming large amounts of alcohol in addition. (Usually an entire bottle of champagne to myself & a few mixed drinks until I would pass out). Not to mention using other drugs in addition, (cocaine, molly, and pain killers). I was constantly blacking out at work, school, and driving. It wasn’t until I almost killed myself wrecking my car into a ditch, losing my job, setting my boyfriend’s apartment on fire, and stealing blacked out from stores that I decided to get sober. I never saught any professional help to deal with my addiction. It’s been about 3 months and the withdrawals were the worst thing I think I could experience. I’m glad I’ve had another chance at life, and aren’t in a more serious situation than I am. I just want to reach out to people and let them know how destructive and dangerous in can be. It ruined my life. Has anyone experienced severe depression after using large amounts of Xanax or am I just crazy? Please help. Nothing’s been the same since.

  59. I’m asking any of you as a human being, to respect your own lives, and not mix alcohol and your prescription drugs if you don’t know it’s safe, easier to choose alcohol alone or to opt with prescription drug route alone if either is working for you. If combining both anyway, remember to take it easy, drink slower, and know how much you’re taking of anything and how it’s going to affect you.

  60. What is the worst case scenario for someone who takes more xanax than supposed to with alcohol in a failed suicide attempt? Can that lead to permanent brain damage?

  61. Xanax and alcohol mixed at the same time is dangerous. I took 2 tablets and had two drinks once and don’t remember a thing. Found out my buddy had his car towed ( parked in a permit zone) and both us ran to the tow truck company and picked up my car 6 hours. The tow was only 4 blocks away. He doesn’t a thing either what we did those six hours. I think someone was looking down on us and saved our lives. I have a friend that did a home invasion and blacked out on the guy’s front lawn and was arrested. He doesn’t remember anything but he spent a few years in jail. Good kid too. Bad judgement from all of us. You live and learn.

  62. I feel really sleepy , it’s almost morning but I am afraid to go to sleep, please let me know, can I go to sleep, is it safe or I must stay awake to check the way I feel ?

  63. Help ! Yesterday I took a benzodiazepine(clonazepam) , then I forgot I took it I drank a very very small glass of Porto wine, very strong for a wine,20 degrees (18 hours after that benzodiazepine) and then I forgot again I drank and I took a Xanax (small dose 0, 25 mg) , ONLY 2 hours after the drink. Now it’s 4 am in my city and I am not used with alcholol, nor benzo, I want to go to sleep but I am afraid I might die in sleep. I feel very sleepy but not sick. Shall I sleep or stay awake to see what happens? Please answer

  64. A lot of people on here are drug addicts and alcoholics. In some cases both. It is pretty sad. Here is a secret..you really don’t need all these drugs…

  65. My daily xanax dosage is .25mg twice daily. Although I rarely come even close to taking both pills. Usually not even take it at all unless anxiety and panic are higher than usual. I usually take a half pill for sleep at night and sometimes I break it into 1/4 during the day. How many hours should I wait between alcohol and xanax if I wanted to socially have a few drinks. Or even a beer or 2 or wine with dinner. I don’t drink hard liquor.

  66. i took 2mg alprazolam and a beer two nights ago. i vomited that night and went to sleep. next two days im feeling dizzy and having bad dreams. i think im having a stomach upset too. what should i do?

  67. Q: Lets say i decide i want to have a few drinks should i just skip out on a dose of the xanax for that day or am i just not suppose drink at all? I know im not suppose to skip out on any daily doses so im just wondering is there a way around it to where i would be able to drink?

  68. I Take .25MG in morning at 8 am. And .5MG at around noon.
    I USUALLY HAVE , 2 beers with dinner each night around 630 7ish. I’ve never had any blackout , dizzy spells or strange symptoms. I find that the beer relaxes my mind similarly to xanax with the added bonus of pain relief. I HAVE NEVER MIXED at the same time.

  69. I had drank wine & whiskey .. By small amount & took 2-1 mg of zanex .. I’m not feeling real well. But not real bad. What should I do?
    Please get back with me ASAP

  70. Took an amount of Xanax, unsure how much. But over a gram or two. Was very drunk.
    Lost ALL motor functions. Passed out. Couldn’t move. Needed people to move me. This lasted for 24 hours and still didn’t feel normal after 32 hours. But very irritable. Had huge mood swings.
    Don’t drink and useXanax.

  71. I’ve taken over 10mg’s of xanax and drank a whole liter of Hennessey i a single night w. no od. I would never recommend it but it does feel really really nice

  72. Hey first time posting, just as everyone knows, anxiety is horrible and just calming words help. I drank a good amount of wine throughout day to battle my anxiety which makes it worse. Have been trying to quit. Have xanax as a kind of aid. I haven’t had drink since 6pm, I was just buzzed not trashed or clumsy, I slept till 2 or so. Took a.50 still having anxiety and can’t sleep. Is it safe to take another 1mg? Please help

  73. Hi Barbara.

    Your brother’s situation sounds concerning, indeed! Rehab can help…and benzos require a specialist doctor who understands about how to taper and withdraw from them. Check out the Ashton Manual for getting off benzodiazepines like Xanax for more detailed information.

    For a rehab near you, check out SAMHSA’s treatment center locator. Do you know where to start or have someone that you can ask for help from?

  74. My brother has been taking 5 mg of Xanax for years for severe anxiety but has recently been taking more and drinking vodka me and my mom rushed him to the hospital to receive help but gets released and de tells us he needs rehab but we are scared he’s going to die if he doesn’t get help.

  75. I drank almost a bottle of wine and spaced that I took two .50mg of Xanax only 30 minutes before the wine .. Am I looking at an overdose?

    1. Hi, Cruious. If you don’t feel well, call the Poison Control Center at 1-800-222-1222 for an assessment of overdose risk.

  76. I lost my younger sister just before Christmas, in Spain. Some doctor had given her over 85mg of Xanax (knowing she was depressed and a drinker). For whatever reason, and we all think it was a lapse in memory/judgement rather than suicide, she drank and took the entire prescription in one go.

    Please take heed of this article. Please.

    1. Hi, Fiona. I’m really sorry for your loss…Hope others will get your message, and stop mixing Xanax with alcohol.

  77. My brother never woke up..He was only 30 years old.His autopsy showed alcohol and Xanax. It made him stop breathing in his sleep. Please people, just don’t mix the two ever!

  78. I have a night time job where I drink all night.I space my drinks out but keep a buzz until the morning. I never get drunk just keep a buzz. I have been having panic attacks and anxitey for a while now and Im going to see my doctor about being prescribed xanax or another anti anxiety medicine. I dont plan on telling the doc about my drinking on the job I work about 3 nights a week. My question is when would be the best time to take the pills if I start drinking at 8pm and stop at 6am. Please helpful info..I understand its not safe but im going to do it anyway..just want to k ow the safest option thanks

  79. hi I have taken xanax as needed for years now, and I do occasionally drink to much, but I never mix the two (i have no desire to die). I drank too much at a holiday party last night, and have anxiety today. I am wondering if it is safe for me to take the xanax .5 mg that is prescribed to me. I also take 10 mg of generic lexapro daily. I know i shouldnt have drank so much last night but i did and im just trying to deal with today haha. I am not driving or anything like that so i am not concerned with drowsiness i am only worried about if it would be dangerous in the sense of killing me. I know not to mix the 2 and i don’t i just know that alcohol can stay in your system a while and dont want to get more nervous after taking the pill that is supposed to cure my nervousness lol. thanks for your help

  80. Hey. About 3 weeks ago, I took 45mg of Buspirone and got drunk the same night. Now I am getting pins and needles in my limbs and feel a bit off. I am really worried about these symptoms and cannot stop looking them up and thinking it is MS. Could anyone help.

  81. Most of you seem like pure fools if you want to die continue using large doses of benzodiazipenes and alcohol if your looking for someone who cares go to church otherwise get a job because I’m sure most of your Xanax and alcohol is paid for by welfare and the tax payers dollars

  82. If you are truely drinking to reduce your anxiety than just ask your doctor to raise the amount you are taking. It sounds like you are medicating yourself by adding beer to what you have already been perscribed. You may want to try extended release. Or ask for the 2mg xanax. Just let your doc know it is not working for you and you still feel anxiety. Drinking on it….bad. Ive crashed my cars two times drinking with xanax and didnt even remember it when I woke up. So no….dont.

    1. Hello, Sunil. Human organism absorbs both, alcohol as well as drugs. So, it’s not recommended to drink alcohol while taking medications, even though you consume them in different hour of the day.

  83. 3 bottles of wine and a handful of 0.5 XnX. Still woke up today. Pointless ass drug. Just blacked out and did stupid shit instead. Where can I get some Oxy or Nolox? This time I’ll wash it down with a fifth and make sure it gets the job done.

  84. I take 4 mg of Xanax a day but love my beer. I use it only on weekends(beer), but unfortunately I black out every time after 12 beers and waste my weekends. I want to stop but yet I don’t !? I know the question of a lethal amount is forbidden here but what is my outcome with this habit that occurs every weekend??

  85. Prescribed .5 mgs Alprazolam to take before bed. Also enjoy ONE glass of wine while reading before bed. Have dealt with insomnia for years but this helps me go to sleep and I can wake up refreshed in the morning. A problem?

  86. Keep up the good work with this site.
    I understand that the mixture as in all items we ingest into our body reacts differently for different people but some do have common symptoms as I am seeing from the comments. THANK YOU

  87. I picked my boyfriend up because he sounded extremely intoxicated. After I picked him up he got upset. He finally came to his senses & told me he had blacked out from all the Xanax. I asked him how much he took & had he said he had 30 & 1 mg. He possibly took 15 of them. Then he started getting upset again & took maybe 8 more or so. He now fell asleep on the couch & just walk unsteadily crawled into bed. He is responding to me pinching his ear (first thing I saw to pinch). Will he be okay

    1. Hi Holly. Nothing may happen to him, but it’s still better to take him to the hospital and not risk the possible consequences.

  88. Hi guys, i suffer from anxiety and take 1mg of Xanax every day around 3 pm. I like to drink a few beers after work , and i will typically have 2 24oz bottles of heineken at 10pm every night. Is this a dangerous habit? (Sometimes ill even take 10 mg of hhydrocodone with the xanax)

    1. Hello, Ginger. The main purpose of Addiction Blog is to help and inform about addictions. Our work is oriented towards helping people with their addiction problems or warning them against risks and harms. That’s why we have chosen to never include information that may be used in a manner that is not in correspondence with our mission.

  89. Didn’t realize this was causing me to not remember everything that happened. Would explain why some time alcohol hits me harder.

  90. Does Xanax affect ones blood alcohol content or just enhance the affects? Am I likely to blow over the legal alcohol limit on the amount of alcohol I’m usually under on just because it was combined with Xanax??

  91. I have taken 2mg of Xanax over the course of 5 hours and then drank a glass of wine on a plane. Is ot safe to sleep? I feel ok just slightly tired and depressed. Thanks.

  92. I take .5mg of alprazolam at bedtime for insomnia. I sometimes have a couple glasses of wine with dinner, or might have some mixed drinks on the weekend with friends. Am I at risk? Also what if I have energy drink with alcohol then take my xanax at bedtime

  93. Please please do not take xanax with alcohol…my best friend and the love of My life beat decades of heavy drug use 18 years ago. Life became stressful and he secretly started drinking for just a few weeks and passed away in the spring. Found out he combined xanax with his alcohol. His slip was fatal and devastating to all who knew him. Don’t do it. Problems can be fixed. No one can fix my broken heart.

  94. I was just prescribed alprazolam(Xanax) 0.5mg . I usually have a glass of moscato with my dinner. Would that be ok while taking this?

    1. Hi James. I suggest you take him to the hospital where medical professionals can assess his risk of overdose and treat him accordingly.

  95. Seeing a psychologist, she knows I have a drinking problem but still gave me a rx for xanax because I have trouble sleeping and real bad leg cramps at night. I just take the xanax at night. If what im hearing is correct about mixing the2 drugs then why would she give it to me? Very confused.Maybe im seeing the wrong pyschologist? What do you think?

  96. I have a question …i tolk 6. 1mgxanax drank enought to be drunk went to bed of course at frist i couldnt hardly move its like i was heavy …and couldnt move but i was fine woke up with a pressure in my head maybe a hangover..And lil bloody nose so why didnt i OD

  97. My partner took 2mg of temazepam at 9 pm along iwth a couple of glasses of wine. The next morning she was so sedated she fell going out her door, drove her car into several parked cars, was stumbling and her speach and motor coordination was still severally impaired at 10:00 am the next day. I was called to come pick her up from her appointment. She does not remember most of what happened and sleep most of that day. I’m afraid similular things have happened in the past but this is the worse. She will also take xanax when stressed or to sleep and regularly has at least two glasses of wine a night. I am very worried

  98. Hi why so many university students using Xanax my son told me his friends all getting addicted to it ,it’s scary does it make them high?

  99. ive been taking the ladder G 3722 bars and i barely feel them i take around 10 and still dont feel it. And i love my whisky so i decided to have a glass of some whiskey, i just hope it doesmt cause me any trouble. I just feel like my xanax tolerance is way too high or something

  100. #1. 16 Xanax….Wow….You get more out of a Pez Dispenser.
    #2. 34 Budweisers? Really? Doubt that but Budweiser alone should have killed anyone. Xanax wouldn’t be YOUR problem.
    #3. They don’t use “straight jackets” anymore. “Restraints”, yes.
    #4. Learn from that……Bye!!

  101. you all are retarted I ate 16 mg of Xanax 34 budweisers woke up with a tube in my throat. with a straight jacket on . learn from that . bye

  102. iam not frequent user for alporex0.5 mg but m insomaniac kind of guy so if i want get in a schedule of daily routine i take 3 tab .5 alpra wi th 2 beer or 3 large peg of jack or jim bean n i smoke like 2 to 3 cig then listen to music which i like and jump in my bed but i do this in 5 to 4 motnhs for 3 or 4 days can u tell is it wise 4 me 25 but idont do hard drugs some time weed or hash 4 or 5 drags thats it . but i do all this to get in my schdule running is wrong please advise

  103. My husband continues, despite my many attempts to make him understand how unsafe it can be & harm his body & even threaten his life, to abuse xanax & alcohol TOGETHER. He says he’s vomiting blood. I’ve not seen it for myself. But could this be a side effect of mixing the two? Please contact me back ASAP…,Worried

    1. Hello Jennifer. If he really is vomiting blood, he needs medical attention and help to stop using alcohol and Xanax. Have him see a doctor and get thoroughly examined to assess all health risks and organ damage.

  104. Terrible fear of flying Must fly 7 am tomorrow I have A F of my heart Is it safe to mix Xanax and alcohol before flight If not is Xanax on its own o k Can I take 2 x 1 mg just before flight

  105. Occasionally before bed time, I will take (1) .25mg of Xanax prior to sipping aproximity 1oz of Crown Royal. I start the sipping at least 1 hour after taking Xanax. This only happens 2 to 3 times per week or less. .My doctor said should be fine if I do it as I just explained. What is your opinion?

    1. Hello Virgina. You can use SAMHSA’s treatment center locator https://findtreatment.samhsa.gov/ to locate addiction treatment facilities in your area that offer family intervention services as well as rehab. You can also call the helpline number displayed on our site to get in touch with our trusted treatment providers who can help you and get your daughter clean.

  106. I drank 2 glasses of wine at 6-7pm. Took Xanax .25mg along with my antidepressents, 100mg Anafranil, 500mg of Depakote. Will I be alright!

    1. Hello Lynn. How many hour apart did you drink the wine and take the pills? I suggest you call the Poison Control Center to talk about the possible risks and what you should do in case of overdose with a poison expert. Their number is 1-800-222-1222 and it’s a free helpline.

  107. As a medical doctor, let me explain the situation. This article is fear mongering at its best. At worst, the combination on Xanax and alcohol would cause you to pass out before causing a deadly combination or synergistic effect. Now mixing pain medication, such as Hydrocodone, is a double whammy of depressants that can actually cause you to have respiratory failure and die. This combo causes a death every 15 minutes.

    I am not a doctor, but I play one on TV

  108. I was recently prescribed xanex .25 mg for anxiety. I have always been a casual drinker. I have been taking one .25 xanex around 10am and would like to know if is safe for me to have 2-3 drinks later in the day. Please any suggestions or input would help. Thank you.

  109. Small amounts of alcohol (1-3) drinks with small amounts of Xanax (.25mg-.5mg) will not kill you. Yes, the effects will be intensified. Be careful when mixing drugs. Drink a lot of water too.

  110. I have intentionally mixed xanax with alcohol on a regular basis for a couple of years. I discovered that it’s true what ‘they’ say….. combining the two intensifies the effects. I never take it during the day nor do I drink alcohol… until evening comes. I like to wash back 2mg of alprazolam with a cold beer and probably 2mg more when I switch to rum. I try to exercise during the day, but I think I have a dangerous addiction that needs to stop. I have run out of xanax and gone without for many months, but then I’ll eventually get more.

  111. I take 4 pills a day of xanax. .50 MG each. I also drink on top of it. My dr has prescribed up to 6 pills a day. With my depression I sometimes drink heavily.

  112. Have script for 1mg xanax three times a day. Don’t take this much, only one at night if I can’t sleep. Don’t drink due to possible interaction with other med. Lost job recently and am having hard time finding another one even with management experience and time in US military. Need to help husband support our 15 year old son. Also have chronic pain from nursing. Pain meds $52 no insurance. Have taken four 1mg xanax and over half of 6% etoh bottle of wine in last couple hours. Don’t know what to do.

  113. I was recently prescribed Xanax, and had taken my dosage (1 to 2 pills as needed) 48 hrs before consuming alcohol. I did not know until I had ‘the spins’ and started vomiting violently that both drugs had intensified after only 2 drinks during a 3 hour period. Thank you for this info. So thankful I was home and not alone. I am 44 and have never reacted like that to alcohol-which I rarely drink anyway. Lesson learned. Please be careful and pay attention to how your prescriptions affect you. If you are looking to sleep, consult your Dr about a different rx. If you are looking for a cheap high- these are not the drugs to mix. My mix was accidental and I had a horrible night; do not mix Xanax and alcohol!!!

  114. Went to California for vacation with a couple of friends. One of them told me that I should just take idk 4 to 5 pills of Xanax. She said it was a low dose. Before this I had about 4 to 5 beers. Woke up the next day (which was the day we left to come home) also I was supposed to drive. Drove a bit and I told the girls in the car that I wasn’t feeling well. They took me to an IHOP. Slept most of the time there, took two bites of my pancake. Once we started to leave I throw up all over the table. All I’m getting at is don’t fuck with pills and alcohol at the same time. 🙁 Felt like I was going to die. Also had a hard time lying to my parents that why I was sick was because of the elevation. Never felt so pathetic.

  115. I have taken 10-16mg of xanax with 8-12 standard drinks every night for the past 3 years. Finally i am slowly weening myself off it. I do black out most nights have im 28, have i done some permanent brain damage or is it reversible

  116. I drank vodka yesterday from noon til 10pm. Hungover this morning, lots of anxiety and depression so took .5 mg if Xanax. Should I be worried? What side effects should I look out for to seek medical attention.

  117. I am a senior and take one 2.5 Xanax at bedtime for anxiety. I have two cocktails every night and wine with dinner. About 2-3 hours passes before I take the Xanax. Am I at risk for symptoms described, i.e. dizziness, loss of coordination, etc. in your article?

  118. took 0.5 mgs of Alprazolam and had 1/2 glass of white wine 7 hours later. How dangerous is that please. Thank you.

  119. Hi I’m 20 years old and I’ve been drinking on a daily basis ( well not daily but pretty close to daily) since I was 13-14…I had a stroke around 15 and ever since then my anxiety symptoms feel like I’m about to have a stroke but I’m mentally good its just the physical feeling…about a month ago I was prescribed alprazolam 1mg once a day for anxiety because one day I chocked on a tortilla chips and it kinda traumatized me and ever since then my anxiety has risen…I didn’t stop drinking (only time I stopped was for about a month when I was in basic training ) and I went to the doctor and everything was fine so he prescribed me alprazolam and I didn’t know its interaction with alprazolam…I’m not depressed although I am tired of feeling neasous and having back pains….I had a major alchol binge last Sunday and I woke up feeling good but recently I’ve been feeling even more neasous and I’m a nervous guy I have a high alcohol tolerance and I wanna drink at least one or two bud lights….would this be bad..and also I ha sent drank since that Sunday and I’ve been feeling really weak and tired…would a drink help me?

  120. Nicole: I too suffer from panic attacks if I awaken at night. I am prescribed (3) 1mg Xanax at bedtime and have washed them down with a beer. Sleep like a baby the entire night. You really have to go overboard with the meds and alcohol to put you in any real danger AS LONG as you stay home and off the road!

  121. I am truly at wits end am taking in a lot of alcohol with a large amount of Xanax available. How do I keep from going to the next step??????

  122. What if I have a couple of drinks and end up having a panic attack and need to take my Xanax can I take even half a tablet?

  123. My 16 year old daughter died May 31,2015 from an overdose but it wasn’t suicide,she was on other meds for depression,sleep disorders and birth control,well on this day she asked her stepmother is she could have one of her oxicodin because she didn’t feel good and the stupid woman gave it to her,now my daughter is gone…..

    1. Hello Veronica. I’m very sorry for your loss. I have no words or wisdom that would ever soothe your pain. But, don’t suffer alone and find a therapist that can help you cope and stay strong.

  124. I am on 2 mg Xanax 1 mg morning and 1 mg at night but because I was unable to sleep I started drinking now I can drink nearly half a bottle with the prescribed doze and still can’t sleep more than 3-4 hours..

  125. I take .25 milligrams as needed I’m probably generally taking one pill a week or less. I don’t drink much but once in awhile I have a glass of wine it never even occurred to me that maybe on the same day that I took a xanax that later that night I shouldn’t have a glass of wine.

  126. I take 1mg with a few shots of 151 and feel great. I am in exceptional shape at 26 years age. I wouldn’t suggest it if you are young and small but if u and I relate I say give it a try. Just remember, everything is managed in moderation

  127. A friend just died from this combination. Don’t do it. Get help. You may not die the first time or the fith time or the fiftieth time but get clean or die

  128. If one consumes a LOT of beer, how many mgs. of Xanax would get you to the fatal point?
    I have a tolerance for beer and Xanax, so I am concerned about the limit.

  129. My husband took four 1mg Xanax and drank 1/2 gallon of whiskey. Should i be worried and how long will the effects last.

    1. Hi Jamie. Yes, especially if he’s new in using Xanax and doesn’t have any tolerance to the medication. Anyway, this is not a safe combination and I’d suggest you take him to the hospital if symptoms worsen.

  130. I suspect my daughter is taking xanex along with alcohol she goes from being fine to having what I call thick tongue she starts slurring her words then becomes confused and clumsy she forgets what she said from one moment to the next and Denys taking anything at all when questioned.. oh she gets a big case of hiccups too. I don’t know what is happening or how to fix it .. However she has a small child they both live with me and I of course take care of him when she is like this. When she is not high she is a good mother .. How do I pinpoint if iit is xanex she is taking or not .. I don’t know much about any drugs or how they effect people

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

    1. 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.

  132. 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.

    1. 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.

  133. 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.

  134. 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.

  135. 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.

  136. 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.

    1. 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.

  137. 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. 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!

  138. 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?

    1. 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.

  139. 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.

  140. 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?

  141. 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.

  142. 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.

  143. 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

  144. 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.

  145. 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??

  146. 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.

  147. 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

  148. 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.

  149. 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.

  150. 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

  151. 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 🙁 🙁 🙁

  152. 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.

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

  154. 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?

  155. 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

  156. 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.

  157. 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.

  158. 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.

  159. 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?

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