Xanax and alcohol are both central nervous system (CNS) depressants, meaning they slow your body functions. For those struggling with severe anxiety or panic attacks, this slowing of responses can be helpful to keep a calm outlook on life. But when combining these two powerful CNS depressants, one faces severe side-effects, including death.
Why You Should Not Mix Xanax and Alcohol
Again, both Xanax and alcohol are depressants. They affect the brain, slowing reaction time and functioning of the body. When one drinks alcohol while taking Xanax, it increases the effects of each drug.
Common side effects from mixing the two depressants include:
- Increased Anxiety
- Lack of Coordination
- Memory Problems
- Severe Panic Attacks
- Unusual behaviors
Because Xanax and alcohol both slow the heart rate and breathing, you may pass out or have difficulty breathing. This is serious because without medical help you can die.
Alcohol and Mental Illness
If you are struggling with mental illness and are prescribed Xanax, your doctor may have told you to avoid alcohol. Alcohol can increase mental illness, making your symptoms more severe. Mixing alcohol with your Xanax prescription can trigger panic attacks so severe you will need to get emergency help.
If you drink alcohol regularly and do not wish to stop, talk to your doctor about alternative treatment. The only way your doctor can help you is if you are honest about your alcohol use. If you are hiding alcohol use from your doctor, you may have a bigger problem. Hiding drug use often shows dependence or addiction.
Why You Need Help for Xanax and Alcohol Addiction
If you are using Xanax and alcohol together to get high, you need help. Xanax and alcohol both increase the effects of each drug, including harsh side-effects. Xanax also decreases the amount of alcohol you can consume safely, meaning you cannot drink as much as you would without the drug. Alcohol poisoning and death can occur within a few drinks.
It is likely for those self-medicating with Xanax and alcohol to pass out causing accidents and other problems. Don’t risk your life or the lives of those around you.
How to Get Help for Xanax and Alcohol Addiction
If you think you may have a problem with Xanax and alcohol abuse, talk to your doctor. He or she can recommend the right treatment. If you cannot talk to your doctor, call an addiction recover helpline at (561)-770-6616. Addiction specialists can talk to you about your options for treatment.
Whether you talk to your doctor or an addiction specialist, your privacy is respected.
Ready for Help You Can Trust?
Call Northlake Recovery’s Helpline at (561)-770-6616 if you or a loved one is struggling with Xanax and alcohol addiction. Addiction specialists will help you find the right treatment for your symptoms at an affordable price. The helpline is available 24/7 and your call is confidential. Call for help now.