Xanax and Alcohol

Xanax is a tranquilizer used to treat anxiety, generally making a person feel calmer, because it depresses the central nervous system. One major effect it has is slowing the rate of breathing. Alcohol also depresses the central nervous system, so combining it with Xanax is a very bad idea.

Alcohol alone is often used as a relaxant, so it might almost seem logical to a regular alcohol user to enhance that effect with Xanax. Alcohol use can strengthen the depressing of the central nervous by Xanax. It may also reduce cognitive function even more than just using one or the other, which could cause a person to drink more, or take additional Xanax leading to an overdose. Mixing alcohol with Xanax may also reduce the normal clearance of Xanax from the body.

The combination can also reducing the breathing rate dangerously, cause severe sedation, or even stop breathing completely. “Both the alcohol and Xanax are pulmonary suppressants ó they slow down your breath. If you take too much, you can stop breathing. Your breathing gets so shallow that you pass out and stop breathing,” said Clare Waismann Kavin, Beverly Hills Addiction Specialist, when commenting on the recent death of Whitney Houston. (Source: Hollywood Life)

Xanax is one of the top-selling prescription drugs. It is has become so popular some clinics are not prescribing it any longer. Prescription drug abuse has become a major public health problem in the United States.

What is especially sad is that cognitive behavioral therapy is effective for managing and reducing anxiety, but taking pills seems to be more popular even with the potential for addiction and the health risks.

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Ken N.
Ken N.4 years ago

Any medicine or alcohol taken for coming out of depression is not helpful at all. That is why for any stress or incase of tension it always recommended to do yoga or meditation to overcome depression.

Diane L.
Diane L5 years ago

Teresa, what is your point? So, are you saying that you "only" consume alcohol? Considering your uncalled for and nasty personal attack to me in another discussion, completely without any reason and with absolutely baseless accusations, maybe you SHOULD take Xanax.

Teresa Wlosowicz
Teresa W5 years ago

I don't take Xanax. :-)

Roger M.
Past Member 5 years ago

Good to know. Thank you.

Faith Billingham
Faith Billingham5 years ago

Very important info, thanks for the article

Patricia H.
Patricia H.5 years ago

thanks for posting this article

Calum Health
health truth6 years ago


Eternal Gardener
Eternal G6 years ago

Don't mix!

Diane L.
Diane L6 years ago

Why would this be worthy of a Care.2 discussion/article? It's just common sense to not take such prescriptions and drink as well, and ALL such medications are clearly marked with a label to "DO NOT TAKE WITH ALCOHOL". I have a prescription sleep med which is clearly so-labeled and have a friend who takes both Xanax and Prozac and BOTH have the same labels as my sleep medication.

Some of the labels are pretty silly, and even my sleep medication states to not use when driving or operating machinery as it "May Cause Drowsiness".........DUH! That's what it's SUPPOSED to do!

Audra W.
Audra W6 years ago

You don't hear of people dying from cocaine (Charlie Sheen) or marijuana which is legal but you hear of a ton of people dying from prescription drug misuse and both alcohol and prescription drugs are legal. Why aren't there tougher laws for doctors that prescribe these killer drugs? There's a ton of money to be made at the sale of these little pills and patients pop them like tic tacs with a cocktail - so sad.