Anxiety Home > Valium and Alcohol

People who drink alcohol while taking Valium may be at a higher risk of developing certain Valium side effects, such as memory problems, unusual behavior, and drowsiness. Also, when alcohol and Valium are combined, a person may be more sensitive than usual to the effects of the alcohol. Due to these risks, it is generally recommended that you not drink alcohol while taking Valium.

Can I Drink Alcohol While Taking Valium?

Both alcohol and Valium® (diazepam) are central nervous system depressants (CNS depressants), which means they both can slow down brain activity. Drinking alcohol while taking Valium may increase your risk of serious reactions. This is why, according to the Valium prescribing information, drinking alcohol while on Valium is not recommended. Additionally, for many people with mental illness, it is usually recommended that alcohol be avoided.

Alcohol and Valium Side Effects

Drinking alcohol while taking Valium may increase your risk of certain Valium side effects, such as:
  • Unusual behavior
  • Memory problems
  • Drowsiness
  • Dizziness
  • Problems with coordination.
It may also slow both the heart and breathing, which can cause you to pass out, have difficulty breathing, or even lead to death.
You may also be more sensitive to the effects of alcohol if you are taking Valium. You may not be able to safely drink as much alcohol as you were used to drinking in the past.
Valium is approved to treat anxiety, as well as several other conditions. Generally, it is best for people with mental illnesses (such as anxiety) to avoid drinking alcohol. Alcohol may worsen mental illness and is often a form of "self-medication." Additionally, people with an alcohol abuse problem may be more likely to abuse Valium.
Written by/reviewed by:
Last reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD;
Last updated/reviewed:
List of references (click here):
Other Articles in This eMedTV Presentation




Related Channels

eMedTV Links
Copyright © 2006-2020 Clinaero, Inc.

eMedTV serves only as an informational resource. This site does not dispense medical advice or advice of any kind. Site users seeking medical advice about their specific situation should consult with their own physician. Click Terms of Use for more information.

This site complies with the HONcode standard for trustworthy health information:
verify here.