The effects of mixing alprazolam (also referred to as Xanax) and alcohol rely heavily on the chemical compositions of each drug. Alprazolam is a benzodiazepine medication commonly prescribed for panic and anxiety disorders. Additional uses for alprazolam include treatment for nausea and other side effects experienced as a result of chemotherapy. Alcohol is a central nervous system depressant that slows reaction times and acts as a sedative. This drug is widely available and a very common source of physical or psychological dependencies, a situation commonly referred to as alcoholism. If you believe yourself or a loved one to be addicted to alprazolam and alcohol, you can fill out our confidential and secure contact form for more information or call us for information 24 hours a day.

Interactions of Xanax and Alcohol

Both alcohol and alprazolam work to depress central nervous system functions. In combination, these two drugs work synergistically to dramatically increase the buzz effect normally experienced with alcohol. The euphoric high associated with heavy drinking is likewise increased when under the effects of alprazolam, and users may not be fully aware of the quantity of drugs they consume while under the mutual effect. Call our confidential helpline for more information on the effects of combining these two drugs. You can also fill out a quick and secure contact form for more information on understanding the effects common with this combination.

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Side Effects and Risks

Just as the highs associated with the drugs are enhanced, the adverse effects from alcohol and alprazolam are likewise increased. Dizziness, nausea and drowsiness may be far more pronounced under this combination. A significant loss of alertness can cause severe problems to those driving or operating equipment. Loss of coordination is possible, and it is possible to experience alcohol poisoning and related effects due to a lack of awareness of the quantities of alcohol consumed during a euphoric episode. The normal side effects of alcohol withdrawal are also more pronounced. These include agitation, confusion, diarrhea, fear, headache, hypertension, insomnia, migraines, vomiting, tremors and localized weakness. Both the duration and intensity of these adverse effects are heightened when both drugs are used in combination.

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Alprazolam and Alcohol Treatment

Treatments for addiction to alprazolam and alcohol include intervention, detoxification and rehabilitation therapy. Intervention typically involves friends and family members working in concert with medical professionals to help a sufferer come to grips with abuse and addiction. Many sufferers may become agitated and lash out against those who seek to help them understand and find help for their condition. Detoxification involves the slow removal of the drugs from the system, and may trigger a long period of withdrawal symptoms and cravings for the combination of medications in the case of physical or psychological dependencies. Rehabilitation typically involves either one-on-one or group therapy in a setting focused on overcoming the cravings and desire to return to the effects of the combined drug interactions. For more information on the effects of mixing alprazolam and alcohol, symptoms of addiction or help finding treatment options please call us.


Alprazolam is a controlled substance placed in the Schedule IV under United States law. This classification indicates that abuse of alprazolam has a limited risk of physical and psychological dependency. The medication is only available from a licensed medical professional with a prescription. Alcohol is not listed as a controlled substance in the United States; its regulation is handled on the state level, and the drug is widely available through licensed retail outlets to all persons over the age of 21. The relative ease of obtaining these two medications through legal or illicit methods means that the combination is fairly prevalent.