Hello and welcome to Healthcare Magic. Thanks for your query.
Alcohol is known to be associated with a variety of psychiatric disorders, like depression
, etc. It is also known to worsen or exacerbate underlying psychiatric problems, including depression. The way it does this is through its actions on the brain, causing imbalance of certain neuro-chemicals which are responsible for mood regulation.
Additionally, in your case, since you already have an underlying depression, the alcohol is probably causing a worsening of symptoms. Moreover, alcohol can also interact with and affect the action of your anti-depressant Sertraline
, and this could be another reason why your depressive symptoms seem to be re-surfacing after taking alcohol.
It does not mean that you are dependent on the SSRI
. So, please avoid consuming alcohol and continue to take the medication as advised by your doctor.
Wish you all the best.