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Can you drink alcohol while taking benzodiazepines?

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It is dangerous to combine benzodiazepines with alcohol or certain other medications. They can slow thinking or interfere with judgment. Benzodiazepines can also be habit-forming and addictive. They're usually not prescribed for people with a history of alcohol or substance abuse, unless they are necessary on a short-term basis as part of a drug or alcohol detox.

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Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on July 12, 2018

SOURCES: WebMD Medical Reference:: "Bipolar Disorder (Manic Depressive Disorder)." WebMD Assess Plus: Bipolar Disorder Assessment. National Institute for Mental Health: "Step-BD Womens Studies."   Massachusetts General Hospital Bipolar Clinic & Research Program. MedicineNet.com: "Bipolar Disorder (Mania)." WebMD Medical Reference: "Effects of Untreated Depression." American Psychiatric Association: "Practice Guideline for the Treatment of Patients With Bipolar Disorder."



Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on July 12, 2018

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