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The Dangers of Mixing Alcohol and Antidepressants

The Dangers of Mixing Alcohol and Antidepressants

A large portion of the US adult population uses alcohol and antidepressants together. But is this combination safe? Read on to learn more.

17.3 million American adults suffer from depression. At the same time, 85.6% of Americans report using alcohol at least once during their lifetime. This means that there is a high chance of US adults using alcohol and antidepressants together

Unsurprisingly, 64.4% of patients with alcohol use disorder (AUD) report using antidepressants with alcohol. But is this combination safe? Let’s explore. 

What Are Antidepressants?

Antidepressants are medications that alleviate symptoms of depression (i.e., low mood, appetite, and disturbed sleep) by correcting chemical imbalances in the brain. 

Types of Antidepressants

Specifically, antidepressants work by increasing levels of serotonin (a feel-good hormone) and/or noradrenaline (an excitatory hormone) in the brain. Common examples of antidepressants include:

The Alcohol-Antidepressant Interaction

Alcohol and antidepressants interact in two ways:

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The Dangers of Mixing Alcohol and Antidepressants

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This article has been medically reviewed by
Erin Hillers
Erin Hillers
Erin Hillers
Nurse Practitioner

Erin is a Nurse Practitioner with 8 years of experience in midwifery and women's health. She has spent the past 5 years specializing in the treatment of opioid and alcohol use disorders.

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