When one suffers clinical depression, he or she should consider cutting out drinking alcohol – as one ages, the depressant effects of alcohol increase due to the changes in body chemistry. In addition, there are very few reputable studies about drinking when taking antidepressants, so it is wise to steer clear of alcohol if one is taking antidepressants.
- In my late 50s, my longstanding depression had started to deepen, albeit imperceptibly at first.
- I continued drinking moderately, a couple of glasses of wine most days of the week, along with a monthly Manhattan.
- Then two dark and stormy months really shook me up, leaving me in a black hole of despair as depression closed in.
“Alcohol is itself a depressant and may worsen depression, though few studies have explored the clinical implications of mixing it with antidepressants.”