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Can I drink alcohol if I take anti-anxiety medicine?

There are some anti-anxiety medicines that should definitely not be combined with alcohol. These would include the sedating, benzodiazepine medicines such as Valium (diazepam) and Xanax (alprazolam). Other medicines used for anxiety include antidepressants. There should be no direct problems combining them with moderate amounts of alcohol, but it is important to remember that alcohol is a depressant and can make depression or anxiety problems worse by itself.

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