Valium and Alcohol
Because of the possible adverse side effects and interactions, the manufacturer of Valium warns users against drinking alcohol while being treated with Valium. Furthermore, remember that Valium is often used for people with emotional or neurologic conditions and usually alcohol is not recommended for such patients. This is also particularly true for people using Valium for management of alcohol withdrawal symptoms.
Potential Side Effects
Combining Valium and alcohol can lead to possible side effects that include:
- Changes in behavior
- Loss of concentration
- Memory problems
- Poor coordination or balance
It can also cause more serious side effects such as slow heart rate or breathing, which can lead to passing out, difficulty breathing, or even loss of life. However, life-threatening side effects such as these are rather uncommon.
Valium may also make you more sensitive to the effects of alcohol. This means that you may not be able to safely drink the regular amount of alcohol you normally take. If you decide to drink alcohol while on Valium, it is advised that you avoid driving or engaging in any activities that require concentration and focus.
People taking for treatment of anxiety, as well as other emotional or neurologic conditions, are generally recommended to avoid drinking alcoholic beverages. Alcohol is a CNS active compound that can affect the outcome of their treatment. For some patients, alcohol provides a false sense of relief or escape from their medical condition which is unhealthy. Similarly, people taking Valium for treatment of alcohol withdrawal symptoms may regress to their condition and be unable to complete the whole treatment program.
Although alcohol is officially contraindicated for people taking Valium, you should feel free to discuss with your healthcare provider your alcohol consumption. If you have alcohol problems, your healthcare provider can even help you quit drinking alcohol.