How can Effexor users benefit from wine consumption?



As with anyone, it's important that Effexor users not overdo it when enjoying alcohol. However, new research has shown that those who are dealing with depression may experience some benefits of one spirit in particular - wine.

As with anyone, it's important that Effexor users not overdo it when enjoying alcohol. However, new research has shown that those who are dealing with depression may experience some benefits of one spirit in particular - wine.

What's OK to drink?
Alcohol is enjoyed by many during celebrations, while watching sporting events or with an elegant meal. Still, there's a line between casual drinkers and those who have a few too many. For instance, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicates that females should enjoy no more than one alcoholic beverage daily and males a maximum of two. However, this is not recommended over a period of several days, rather a daily average.

In recent years, the number of depression diagnoses has increased. Many attribute this to a greater awareness for mental disorders across the globe. That being said, more and more research has been conducted to look for ways to help individuals who are struggling to find happiness in their daily lives. Although antidepressants are the answer for many, investigators continue to find new ways for treating those who are depressed.

Where does wine come in?
A large group of researchers from Spain wanted to look into how consumption of alcohol affected depression in participants. In order to do so, 5,505 men and women aged 55 to 80 who were at high risk for developing feelings of sadness were evaluated over a seven-year period. Those who were involved had no past history of depression or problems with alcohol. Based on completed questionnaires, the doctors were able to track the amounts of booze consumed, in addition to depressive symptoms.

Based on the collected information, it was found that moderate alcohol intake lowered depression among the participants. More specifically, researchers discovered those who drank two to seven glasses of wine weekly experienced the lowest rates of depression. It is important to note that heavy drinkers, those who drink more than seven (females) to 14 (males) alcoholic beverages per week, are at a higher risk for depression.

"At this point, it would be premature to make any recommendations regarding alcohol or wine consumption as a means of preventing the onset of depression," Susan Ramsey, researcher, told LiveScience.

Any patient who purchases Effexor from an online pharmacy should talk to his or her doctor about restrictions when it comes to drinking alcohol while on antidepressants.