The Effects of Mixing Diazepam and Alcohol

Read more about how Diazepam and alcohol are both central nervous system depressants, which makes them a dangerous combination to mix.

Diazepam is a prescription medication used to treat anxiety, seizures, muscle spasms, epilepsy, and alcohol withdrawal. Some people may mix alcohol and diazepam in an effort to intensify the effects of alcohol or control the symptoms of alcohol withdrawal without understanding the dangerous effects of mixing diazepam and alcohol.

Interactions Between Alcohol And Diazepam

Diazepam and alcohol are both central nervous system depressants. Therefore, the effects of mixing diazepam and alcohol can not only be be unpleasant but, in some cases, life-threatening. 

Mixing diazepham with alcohol can lead to:

  • Confusion.
  • Disorientation.
  • Accidents.
  • Sedation.
  • Stumbling.
  • Dizziness.
  • Nausea.
  • Loss of consciousness.
  • Addiction.
  • Brain damage.
  • Coma.
  • Death.

 If you or a loved one is addicted to diazepam and alcohol, it’s important that you get help now. Our admissions navigators are available to speak with you about treatment at any time of day. Please call our 24-hour hotline at 1-888-685-5770 or get a text if you need information about treatment for addiction for yourself or for a loved one, or fill out the form at the bottom of this page to verify benefits for treatment.

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Treatment For Alcoholism and Diazepam Abusers

If you’ve been misusing drugs or alcohol for a long time, you may have developed enough physiological dependence to these substances to put you at risk of significant withdrawal when trying to suddenly quit or slow your use. In such instances, medical detox can be a huge help during this early stage of recovery. Medical detox should not be seen as a substitute for comprehensive substance use disorder treatment, but rather the period of supervision and any needed interventions to safely manage withdrawal, while better preparing you to transition for continued rehabilitation or treatment.

The type of treatment for addiction to diazepam and alcohol as well as the level of care you receive will vary based upon what you and your treatment team believe will best set you up for success. Both inpatient and outpatient treatment facilities can help an individual work toward recovery through a mix of behavioral therapies, motivational tools, peer support, and addiction-related education.

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  1. National Institute on Drug Abuse. (2018, January). Principles of Drug Addiction Treatment: A Research-Based Guide (Third Edition).
  2. National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. (2014). Mixing Alcohol with Medicines.
  3. National Institute on Drug Abuse. Principles of Effective Treatment.