Are There Risks to Mixing Xanax With Alcohol?

Thinking about mixing Xanax with alcohol? There are definitely risks to combining the two. Xanax is a drug which is used therapeutically as anxiety treatment. It can also cause feelings of relaxation, and sometimes euphoria. So, what happens to the body when an individual takes Xanax with alcohol?


The Effects of Xanax and Alcohol

Taking Xanax makes an individual high. Because it can also cause euphoric effects, that leads to some individuals wanting to enhance those effects. This can be achieved by taking Xanax and mixing it with alcohol. The pleasanter effects of mixing Xanax and alcohol can be:

  • Euphoria
  • Relaxation
  • Drowsiness
  • Numbness

Of course, there is a negative side to taking that combination. Xanax reacts chemically with alcohol, and has an additive effect in the brain and body. This means that when taken together, the effects of both Xanax and alcohol are intensified and could lead to an overdose. Xanax stays in the blood for several days after use, and even longer if the user takes it chronically.

Dangers of Xanax and Alcohol

Needless to say that there are dangerous side effects of mixing Xanax and alcohol. This is mainly due to the fact that mixing the two intensifies the effects of both. More than that, taking Xanax can enhance the effects of the alcohol itself. Alcohol is a sedative, therefore when it is combined with Xanax, the individual can have trouble concentrating, difficulty with coordination, all of which can put the individual at risk of accidents. The combination also heightens the intoxication the individual experiences with alcohol. This could lead to alcohol poisoning.

Some other potentially dangerous effects of mixing Xanax and alcohol are:

  • Loss of consciousness
  • Dizziness
  • Shallow breathing
  • Impaired coordination
  • Blacking out
  • Memory problems
  • Slowed heart rate
  • Overdose

Xanax and Alcohol Overdose and Death

An individual’s risk of overdosing on Xanax increases directly with their use of alcohol together with it. As mentioned above, the effects of both drugs together are far stronger than when they are taken separately. It is never advisable to mix the two, and if an individual takes daily doses of Xanax, then it better for them to completely abstain from alcohol.

Unfortunately, alcohol is one of the most common drugs taken in combination with Xanax. Drinking while on Xanax can lead to death, as even normal doses of Xanax are dangerous when combined with alcohol. The only way to avoid overdose or death while using either Xanax or alcohol, is not to mix the two at all.

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