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Effects of Xanax and Alcohol

Effects of Xanax and Alcohol

One of the most addictive prescription pills in the benzazepine class is Xanax. Xanax is used to reduce anxiety symptoms, seizures, and alcohol withdrawal. Someone addicted to Xanax will display signs of poor work ethic due to lack of motivation and energy, drowsiness, or impaired coordination. When the drug is mixed with alcohol, the adverse side effects worsen. Xanax and alcohol are not meant for mixing. If a person is showing signs of Xanax abuse and experiencing health complications, prescription pill addiction treatment may be necessary.

What Happens When You Mix Xanax and Alcohol?

There are dangers attached to alcohol and drug interaction, especially since alcohol and Xanax are depressants. Alcohol may seem like a stimulant, but misuse causes undesired side effects. Once a person builds a tolerance, the risk of overdose increases. Here are some side effects of mixing Xanax and alcohol to be cautious about:

  • Irritability
  • Aggression
  • Cognitive decline
  • Repository Issues
  • Intense relaxation
  • Liver and Kidney failure
  • Fatigue and drowsiness
  • A comatose state of being
  • Slowed pulse or heart rate

The central nervous system is manipulated, and the brain’s proper functioning is affected. The signals in the CNS are slowed down and cause impaired coordination. If a person is displaying signs and symptoms of drug and alcohol interaction, then a person may need proper medical assistance to safely undergo a benzo detox.

Xanax Withdrawal and Drinking Alcohol

Mixing Xanax and alcohol can lead to serious health complications. Still, many people use alcohol as a coping mechanism, especially if experiencing withdrawal symptoms after taking a drug. Some alcohol withdrawal side effects include headaches or migraines, blurred vision, numbing in the hands, weight loss, and heart palpitations. It seems ironic that during alcohol detox, Xanax may be prescribed since if a person relapses, the symptoms may worsen or last for a longer time. 

A person will experience psychological, emotional, and physical difficulties. Feelings of extreme irritability, paranoia, or coming up against depressive episodes are effects of interaction. Addiction care is advised if a person is using either alcohol or Xanax or both as a coping mechanism or misusing the drug that was meant for a medical purpose. Although you can drink on Xanax, the after-effects may not be worth the risks.

Xanax and Alcohol Treatment at Our Stuart Rehab Center

From alcohol addiction treatment to opioid, cocaine, and heroin addiction treatment, at Banyan Stuart, we have you covered. We understand that withdrawal is not easy, and some symptoms may seem life-threatening. Our experienced medical staff will ensure a safe and clean environment during the process. After treatment, we establish a relapse prevention plan so that you are continually supported during your life-long recovery.


Call and speak with a specialist at Banyan Treatment Centers Stuart today at 888-280-4763 and ask about our medically monitored detox and treatment plans to get started!


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Alyssa, Director of Digital Marketing
Alyssa, Director of Digital Marketing
Alyssa is the National Director of Digital Marketing and is responsible for a multitude of integrated campaigns and events in the behavioral health and addictions field. All articles have been written by Alyssa and medically reviewed by our Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Darrin Mangiacarne.
Effects of Xanax and Alcohol
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