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Xanax and beerMixing Xanax and beer is dangerous even when the doses are relatively small. In professional circles this combination is called deadly. Why? Xanax (generic name – Alprazolam) is a depressant. Beer is a depressant, too, though a pretty mild one. Two depressants lead to a potent negative impact on the brain activity leading to relaxation and calmness that is associated with overdose cases rather than panic and/or anxiety disorder relief.

What Happens When Xanax and Beer Are Combined?

Beer augments effects that are provided by Alprazolam and vice versa. When a patient drinks beer while administering this potent benzodiazepine, he increases his risks for:

  • Dangerous accidents and unpredictable behavior;
  • Excessive sedation and respiratory depression;
  • Heart-related issues and unconsciousness.

When the medication is abused in conjunction with this alcoholic drink, a person starts suffering from very serious psychological and cognitive consequences, sleeplessness, memory problems, agitation and even severe depression. Xanax beer combination increases one’s chances of becoming addicted to both drugs.

Is Light/Moderate Combination Safe?

Hardly! Some users may ensure you that when beer quantity is minor and the administered Alprazolam dose is low, no severe consequences should be expected. Yet, things are quite the opposite. For instance, a patient takes 0.25 mg doses three times every day and drinks couple of beers after the final dose. He is at risk of suffering from nausea, headaches and dizziness. This is the case with regular users only. If you take Xanax occasionally, when panic symptoms are the most persistent, you are not likely to face the same problems. The only recommendation is to drink beer in 24 hours after the final dose consumption.

Note: if you stick to a scheduled therapy, beer and Xanax combination is out of question.

Adverse Reactions to Taking Xanax with Beer

Even when the substances are combined in moderation, the chances to experience side effects are pretty high. This is why doctors always suggest avoiding drinking any type of strong beverage with Alprazolam.

The most common side effects that occur after a dangerous mix are:

  • Memory issues and strange behavior;
  • Drowsiness and coordination problems.

When they are left neglected and untreated, they have a tendency to develop into serious complications. A person may soon experience a very slow heart rate and chest pain, respiratory depression, etc. Coma and death aren’t rare either. When compared to this outcome, nausea and headache don’t seem that serious, don’t they?

Pay special attention to the risks of death when the depressants are combined. It often happens so that even a quite normal dose of Alprazolam is dangerous when taken with beer. If the combination is taken regularly, a person develops tolerance and dependence. He/she finds it hard to experience the same high results with low doses, so the drug amount is increased. The person may even die one day.

Does it mean that you will get hurt after having one beer with a dose of Xanax? Not necessary, but you might. Technically you may have minor complications, yet the consequences depend on a person. Does the combination have an addictive sedative effect? If it’s a single beer taken, then hardly, yet addiction will develop with time.

Xanax and beer effects do not belong to the category of safe or positive ones, so the combination should better be avoided. Alprazolam should be taken only for therapeutic needs and not for the high feeling or euphoria. Taking pills with alcohol won’t provide any benefit for your mental health.

Dr. Andrew J. Olson

Author: Dr. Andrew J. Olson

Dr. Andrew J. Olson is a PHD in psychiatry. He is also a psychiatrist consultant at the Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust. He also serves as a Clinical Director of the Department of Psychiatry, at Royal Marsden Hospital, in London, UK.


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Mixing Xanax and beer is dangerous even when the doses are relatively small. In professional circles this combination is called deadly. Why? Xanax (generic name – Alprazolam) is a depressant. Beer is a depressant, too, though a pretty mild one. Two depressants lead to a potent negative impact on the brain activity leading to relaxation and calmness that is associated with overdose cases rather than panic and/or anxiety disorder relief. What Happens When Xanax and Beer Are Combined? Beer augments effects that are provided by Alprazolam and vice versa. When a patient drinks beer while administering this potent benzodiazepine, he…
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