Jump to content
Join the Unexplained Mysteries community today! It's free and setting up an account only takes a moment.
- Sign In or Create Account -

MainerMikeBrown's blog

  • entries
  • comments
  • views

Drinking While On Psychiatric Medications




Years ago, when I was battling issues with depression and anxiety, I asked my therapist at the time if she thought it was a bad idea for me to drink alcohol.

This counselor was a psychologist, not a psychiatrist.  So she wasn't a medical professional.

She said that I would have to ask my psychiatrist if it would interact with the psychiatric medications that I was on at the time.

But she went on to say that either way it would likely be a bad idea for me to drink because alcohol is a depressant and could increase the likelihood that I could become depressed again.  She also said that alcohol consumption can make impulsive thinking worse as well.  And making compulsive decisions were also a problem for me back then.

Hence, after hearing her response, I elected not to start drinking again ( I drank a little bit years before then when I was a teen).

So if you have mental illness and are on psychiatric medication(s), it may be a good idea to ask your shrink if it's a bad idea for you to drink if you're thinking about drinking in the future, especially since alcohol might interact with the pills you're on.



Recommended Comments


Posted (edited)

Alcohol is bad for any mental illness, especially depression.

Then there's the fact that alcohol and antidepressants are a fatal combination. :hmm:


Edited by Piney
  • Thanks 1
Link to comment

It varies from person to person, but some anxiety medications are known for not mixing with alcohol.

Lyrica (Pregabalin) is just one example.

  • Thanks 1
Link to comment

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now