Alcohol is a hypnotic-sedative, and as such, it depresses crucial bodily functions when taken in excess. Mixing alcohol and antidepressants is generally not recommended for several reasons. The medications can worsen the effects of alcohol, while alcohol can worsen antidepressant side effects. In some cases, alcohol use can trigger or worsen symptoms of depression in at-risk individuals. But is it always dangerous to mix alcohol and antidepressants, and is completely abstaining from alcohol the only option for people on antidepressants? The following article will explore how alcohol and antidepressants affect people when the two are mixed.