Six Reasons Not to Mix Xanax and Alcohol

Xanax, also known as alprazolam, is a tranquilizer that’s often prescribed for panic and anxiety disorders. Alcohol can also make you feel relaxed and less anxious. Is it a good idea to mix your prescription Xanax and alcohol? No. Here’s why not:

You Never Know How Much to Take

No two people react to alcohol or Xanax in exactly the same way. When you combine them, things get even more unpredictable. Your reaction will depend on: how much you take, when you take it, your tolerance, height and weight, age, gender, preexisting health conditions, and what other medications you’re on.

Your body also metabolizes these drugs at different speeds. Xanax will build up dangerously while your liver filters out the alcohol.

You’ll Feel Sick

Large amounts of these drugs in combination can trigger violent bouts of vomiting and protracted diarrhea. Are you considering taking this drug combination at a party? You may end up locked in the bathroom, giving the other guests quite a story to talk about.

It Can Make Your Mood Even Worse

Some people mix these drugs to experience a relaxed euphoria. However, depending on how much you’ve taken and how your body reacts, you may have a very different experience. Mixing the two can lead to anger, restlessness, and aggressive behavior. It can also trigger deep sadness, depression, and a low mood that lasts long after the drugs have worn off.

You Could Hurt Yourself

The euphoria of small amounts of Xanax and alcohol can lead to poor decision-making. You may find yourself taking risks that don’t pay off thanks to the drug-induced poor coordination and blurred vision. If you get behind the wheel, these difficulties are even more dangerous. There’s a good chance you’ll get into an accident and hurt yourself and other people.

Organ Donors Needed

Depressing your nervous system to this extent increases the chance of interfering with vital parts of your brain. In extreme cases, it could affect your heartbeat and breathing. Oxygen deprivation wreaks havoc on your systems, leading to brain damage and more.

Meanwhile, your liver and kidneys will struggle to function under these conditions. Strain them too much, too often and you can do permanent damage to yourself.

It Might Kill You

Alcohol and Xanax are both depressants that work on the same neurotransmitters. Taking them at the same time makes their effects even stronger, greatly increasing your risk of overdose. That overdose could include unconsciousness and vomiting, plummeting blood pressure, heart attack, and stroke. You probably won’t be alert enough to call for help if you overdose. Hopefully the people around you are clear-headed enough to call the ambulance you’ll need.