You may become sedated or feel drowsy. Some antidepressants cause sedation and drowsiness, and so does alcohol. When taken together, the combined effect can be intensified.
If you take MAOIs, you may be at risk of a dangerous reaction. When combined with certain types of alcoholic beverages and foods, monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI) antidepressants can cause a dangerous spike in blood pressure. Examples of MAOIs include isocarboxazid (Marplan), phenelzine (Nardil) and tranylcypromine (Parnate). If you take an MAOI, be sure you know what's safe to eat and drink, and which alcoholic beverages are likely to cause a reaction.
You may be at risk of alcohol abuse. People with depression are at increased risk of substance abuse and addiction. If you have trouble controlling your alcohol use, you may need treatment for alcohol dependence before your depression improves.
Don't stop taking an antidepressant or other medication just so that you can drink. Most antidepressants require taking a consistent, daily dose to maintain a constant level in your system and work as intended. Stopping and starting your medications can make your depression worse.
While it's generally best not to drink at all if you're depressed, ask your doctor. It may be OK to have an occasional drink depending on your particular situation. Tell your doctor about any other health conditions you might have and any other medications you take, including herbal supplements.
How do you know you have an alcohol problem?
1. Have you ever tried to cut down on your drinking?
2. Have you ever felt annoyed when someone talked to you about your drinking?
3. Have you ever felt bad or guilty about your drinking?
4. Have you ever used alcohol in the morning to settle yourself down?
Two or more affirmative answers indicate probable alcoholism.
Alcoholism is a chronic, progressive, relapsing brain disease. Five percent of Americans die of alcoholism.
Alcoholism is nothing to be ashamed of because it is genetic. Forty percent of alcoholism is caused by genetic factors and sixty percent by factors we don't understand. If we take identical twins and split them at birth and raise one in Wyoming and one in Ethiopia, if one twin becomes an alcoholic, there is a 40% chance that the other twin will become an alcoholic. Alcoholism runs in families. If you have an alcohol problem it is very likely that other members of your family are addicted.
Alcoholism is lethal: Ninety five percent of untreated alcoholics die of alcoholism.
Can I quit drinking on my own?
Four percent of alcoholics stay sober for the next year if they try to quit on their own.Fifty percent of alcoholics stay sober for the next year of if they go through treatment. Seventy percent of alcoholics stay sober for the next year if they go through treatment and regularly attend Alcoholics Anonymous meetings.
Ninety percent of alcoholics stay sober for the next year if they go through treatment, regularly attend Alcoholics Anonymous meetings, and go to aftercare once a week.
To maximize the chances for recovery an alcoholic should go through treatment then regularly attend AA and aftercare. The alcoholic can also take 50 mg of Naltrexone once a day. This medication cuts the relapse rates in half.
What kind of treatment do I need?
There seems to be no difference in outpatient and inpatient treatment in regard to patient outcome, but there is a thirty percent dropout rate in outpatient treatment compared to a ten percent dropout rate in inpatient treatment. Don't short change yourself. Get the treatment you need to stay clean and sober.
Ethyl alcohol or ethanol, the type of alcohol found in drinks, is a depressant/downer produced by fermenting or distilling fruits, vegetables or grains. As a very rough guide, beer contains between 3.5% and 9% ethanol by volume, wine 10%—14% and spirits 35—45%.
The intensity of the effects of alcohol depends mainly on the amount you drink in a session, but weight, metabolism, how much you have eaten, how quickly you’re drinking and how much you usually drink are also factors. On average, women get drunk more quickly than men, partly because they tend to weigh less and partly because water constitutes less of their body weight, so the same amount of alcohol produces a higher concentration in the blood.
Alcohol has been widely used for thousands of years. Alcohol-related legislation in the UK dates from the late 19th century, when age restrictions were introduced. Restrictions on when alcohol could be sold were imposed during the First World War, to try to make sure workers in essential industries weren’t drunk or hung-over.