Mixing Alcohol and Xanax

Alcohol with xanax. Does anyone know how bad the effects are of mixing these two? I’m taking a very small dose of Xanax before social events where I plan on drinking. Will this be really bad? I’ve heard mixed responses.

Mixing Alcohol and Xanax


Be careful, this combo (xanax with alcohol) is dangerous if not treated with caution. Don’t drink and then take Xanax, it’s hard to judge the effects that way. Take the Xanax first, wait until it’s fully kicked in (can be longer than normal if not on empty stomach), then drink slowly (preferably beer, definitely not spirits). Be aware that the combo can greatly reduce your judgement in all areas, but this shouldn’t be much of a problem in the dosage you’re using. I still cringe thinking about drunk-benzo-dialling.

I asked my doctor. about this. He said to wait atleast 2-3 hours after I had a drink to take the Xanax. However, this is assuming just 1-2 drinks. If you plan on having more, you probally would need more time, or just not take it that night.

It really depends on how much of each you take, obviously. You can black out or you can have a great time and not be anxious, which is the goal.

Alcohol + Xanax = bix trouble. They put that warning on the prescription bottle for a reason.

Taking Xanax while drinking alcohol can produce some pretty serious bodily reactions. A patient cannot drink as much alcohol as they are used to drinking in the past while they are taking Xanax. Mixing the two often magnifies the affects each substance has. This affect, in more cases than not, is found by most to be highly undesirable. Those who developed a Xanax addiction while trying to settle unruly nerves will sometimes get far more than they bargained for by adding alcohol to the mix. Their nerves will calm, but they will likely be unable to communicate or focus.
The mixture can actually produce quite an unexpected reaction, such as extreme irritation and outbursts of anger because of what would normally be seen as trivial, unimportant matters. These intense fits of anger are often nearly impossible for the patient to control.