Often, your doctor may allow you to drink alcohol in moderation, while on antidepressants. However, when you have been asked to drink alcohol in moderation, it is not wise to exceed the limit beyond two drinks a day for men and one drink a day for women. One drink is measured in terms of ounces and the proportion is as follows:
- One drink = 12 ounces of beer
- One drink = 5 ounces of wine
- One drink = 1 ounce of 80-proof whiskey or 1 ounce of 100-proof spirits
Sometimes, with recurrent use of even small amounts of alcohol (one drink per day), the person may not be able to reap full benefits of antidepressants. All drug manufacturers, in fact, discourage alcohol consumption while taking antidepressants.