Benzos Tag

With the rise of prescription painkiller overdoses and deaths in the last 20 years, it’s hard to differentiate just what types of drugs have the potential for abuse. At the top of the laundry list of potentials lie benzodiazepines. But what is it about this category of drugs that makes them so dangerous, and are they truly that beneficial?

Dangers of Mixing Benzodiazepines and Alcohol

When I think of benzodiazepines and alcohol I think “Black Out.” The standard combination is Xanax and alcohol. Benzodiazepines or “benzos” are sedatives and tranquilizers that treat insomnia, anxiety and sleep deprivation. Combining alcohol and benzos intensifies their depressive qualities. This jeopardizes the users physical and emotional abilities. Both alcohol and benzos perform a nearly identical function; depressing the central nervous system. This combination is lethal. They inhibit the user’s judgment, cause seizures, comas, decrease mobility, attack the central nervous system and can result in death. In young adults this is alluring because they can drink less and feel drunk faster.