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Valium inauguration ceremony in the 21st century. London, UK 2017

"I remember how people in the 60's and 70's used to take Valium as a recreational drug. There was no rush, you could have just relax for a few days, whereas nowadays you do not really have time to enjoy it due to the velocity of the society"

Dr. Stephen Wilson - Writer and Senior Lecturer in MA Fine Art Theory Chelsea College of Arts and ICA London.


"That's something about direction..."

Ant Hamlyn - Artist based in London




From the outside looking in


"Daze of summer", Notting Hill, London, 2017

       "Xanax" redirects here. For other uses, see Xanax

Alprazolam, available under the trade name Xanax among others, is a potent, short-acting benzodiazepine anxiolytic—a minor tranquilizer. It is commonly used for the treatment of anxiety disorders, especially of panic disorder, but also in the treatment of generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) or social anxiety disorder.


Adverse effects


Recreational use

There is a risk of misuse and dependence in both patients and non-medical users of alprazolam; alprazolam's high affinity binding, high potency, and rapid onset increase its abuse potential. The physical dependence and withdrawal syndrome of alprazolam also add to its addictive nature. In the small subgroup of individuals who escalate their doses there is usually a history of alcohol or other substance use disorders.


Popular culture

Slang terms for alprazolam vary from place to place. Some of the more common terms are shortened versions of the trade name "Xanax", such as Xannies (or Xanies) and the phonetic equivalent of Zannies references to their drug classes, such as benzos or downers; or remark upon their shape or color (most commonly a straight, perforated tablet or an oval-shaped pill): bars, ladders, Xanbars, Z-bars, footballs, planks, poles, blues, or blue footballs