Lots of people drink to “drown their sorrows” after they’ve
been through a hectic week at work, a bad breakup, or another stressful
life event. Because we all know, a few glasses of wine or beers can calm
you down, and relieve anxiety.
While a drink or two every once in a while when you’re stressed out
is one thing, turning to the bottle every time you’re overwhelmed
could be a sign of a bigger problem.
Studies show a strong link between alcohol abuse and depression, but the
question is, “Does drinking regularly lead to depression, or are
depressed people more likely to abuse alcohol?”
Drinking Worsens the Symptoms of Depression
Since nearly one-third of individuals with major depression have an alcohol
problem, in many cases the depression was there first. Unfortunately,
drinking only worsens the symptoms of depression.
Depressed individuals who overdrink suffer from more frequent and severe
episodes of depression, are more likely to drive under the influence and
have suicidal thoughts.
Heavy alcohol use can make antidepressants less effective, and combining
the two can lead to dangerous drug interactions.
Why Alcohol & Antidepressants Don’t Mix
Alcohol is a depressant, which means drinking too much can actually lead
to depression. When you drink too much alcohol, you’re more likely
to make bad decisions and be impulsive.
You could ruin your relationships, drain your bank account, or get behind
the wheel and seriously injure yourself or someone else in a
drunk driving accident.
If you’ve been diagnosed with depression, it’s best to avoid
combining alcohol and antidepressants. By combining the two, not only
can your symptoms worsen, it can be extremely dangerous.
Here’s a few reasons why:
- Drinking can counteract the benefits of antidepressants.
- Alcohol increases the symptoms of anxiety and depression.
- If you drink alcohol and are on an antidepressant, and another medication,
the side effects can be worse.
- If you’re on antidepressants called monoamine oxidase inhibitors
(MAOIs), alcohol can cause a dangerous spike in blood pressure.
- Combining alcohol with antidepressants affects coordination, judgement,
and reaction time (motor skills). It’s worse than if you had alcohol alone.
- Alcohol and antidepressants can have sedative effects. When you combined
the two, this is intensified, making driving extremely dangerous.
If you are facing DUI charges because you were caught driving under the
influence of alcohol (even if it was a small amount) and antidepressant
medications, call the
Law Offices of Virginia L. Landry, Inc.
As one of Orange County’s premier
firms, we have a full understanding of the science behind combining alcohol