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daniel wrote

I've worked as an EMT for more than 14 years, and have seen a fair amount of overdoses from benzodiazapines (aka Xanax, Valium, etc.) Personally, I have lost friends who OD'd combining Xanax with alcohol. I have seen otherwise healthy people die from aspirating their own vomit following benzo overdose (accidental and intentional). I once saw a woman who combined Xanax and alcohol and decided to lay down on the train tracks. She lived, but lost both her arms from the elbow down.

While my experience is definitely not typical, I have a strong aversion to the indiscriminate use of such powerful (and very addictive drugs). I would highly recommend avoiding these drugs at all costs. If you are anxious there is probably some reason for that, masking the symptoms is not a cure and can introduce more problems into an already difficult situation.