Our expert says:
He should indeed be cautious about taking alcohol while on any antidepressant, as not only is alcohol a depressing drug in itself, but it can interfere with the actions of the antidepressants. And good treatment of depression, is not only by medication but also by psychotherapy, especially of the CBT form. He should indeed see a psychiatrist, as should anyone whose depression is no responding well to first-line treatment by the GP, and should ask about psychotherapy / CBT in addition to medication.
Talk pleasantly to him, about how much you care for him, and worry that his depression hasn't fully lifted yet, and ask that he arrange to see a psychiatrist for a second opinion and advice on better treatment. He is not going to go crazy, but sounds far from well a present. A sedative may be less useful than better treatment of the depression, which will gradually put the sleeping, etc., right.
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