would like to remind that alcohol
consumption generally slows the function of the kidneys in general, as can be read in layman's terms here
. By reducing kidney function, SWIY is increasing the time it takes the body to filter anything out, including a substance such as Ativan
. What is likely being felt the next day is most likely the comedown
from the Ativan, which hadn't really even started to be filtered at a normal pace until the alcohol had been.
Since both alcohol and benzo
's both work on GABA function, one could also suggest that the withdrawal
could simply be the feeling SWIY would get if they had taken, say, 10mg of Ativan as compared to their actual 5mg consumed dose- as the receptors recovering from their altered state are one in the same.
The good news is that even a small dose of a benzo the following day should quell the majority of the neurological "hangover" feeling. Assuming SWIY is only an occasional user and has little/no tolerance, even something such as .5mg of Lorazepam
(Ativan) or Alprazolam
) should help buy time to do the other things needed to recover- mainly rehydrate as much as possible- so that the overall experience isn't so bad.