Originally Posted by Toilet & Bowels
Also ativan + alcohol is known to make people do insane shit they would NEVER do when sober
Yeah, well... it's no so extreme that it causes someone to do something they're not already flirting with. There's nothing special or unique about Ativan/Lorazepam. It works like all other benzodiazepines, several hypnotics (zolpidem) and its effects are comparable but less powerful than those of alcohol. It's actually the preferred benzodiazepine to treat severe alcohol withdrawal, because it has a similar effect but clouds judgment less.
It's basically just xanax/Klonipin/Valium with a slightly different efficacy and halflife. Blaming the drugs is not the way to go. Sure, abuse of any substance will increase your chances of depression, and these things should never be combined with alcohol, but it's not the drug's fault. May sound brash, but if he wasn't facing some demons he likely wouldn't have been combining the drug with alcohol. Drugs are just tools. Hammers and nails. They still require a hand to be used.