Our expert says:
He drinks a lot --- that's the problem. Antidepressants don't themselves make him moody and hostile. Taking them together with excessive alcohol can make him even more drunk than the amount of alcohol itself would produce, and also usually interferes with the effectiveness of the antidepressant medicine. The combination is NEVER recommended, and I doubt whether he has admitted to the prescribing doctor, how much he is drinking, and that doctor needs to know if he is to be able to be properly helpful.
Hear what your family say, but don't let them make the decisions for you --- they don't have to live with him.
He needs to know that however loving he might be between times, his hostile behaviour when he gets drunk, is unacceptable, and unless he sincerely agrees to get into proper expert treatment for THAT, which sounds so much like his main problem, you may very well want to think of the alternative of leaving him. Such an ultimatum may make him face the important choice between wife and family --- and alcohol, and to decide which one he loves most and wants to keep.
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