What seems to happen in most cases is that both alcohol and benzos are CNS depressants, and work together to knock somebody out. I've found that when I have tried to drink (in extreme moderation), it's as if I were taking the alcohol through an IV, it hits so quickly. However, at that point I'd already taken my dose. I've experienced this phenomenon once and the next phenomenon more than once:
What also happens -- and you don't hear about
this much but it's what happened to you -- is that the two combine and a paradoxical reaction occurs...MORE anxiety and MORE panic rather than a depressive effect. For me, personally, I think elevated anxiety occurs because the alcohol hits me so hard and so abruptly it's unlike anything I've ever experienced. It simply freaks me out.
Either type of reaction can be a bad thing, obviously. The the first one I mentioned can kill, and the second one certainly isn't pleasant, either. I do know of people who use benzodiazepines and drink in small amounts, but some people can just get away with it while others can't. I think it's safe to assume that most people can't, and would have to advise people who are just starting benzo treatment NOT to even try to drink.
St. Kitt's background is that of an ER Nurse, and I bet she could tell us some gruesome stories about
what happens when people mix benzos and alcohol. Apparently the patient is injected with some drug that is extremely stimulating, and they often have to be restrained. That's what I've heard, anyway. Is it true? If so I sure wouldn't want to put myself in that position.
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