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Let me first express my condolences for your loss. The process of grieving is a painful one and it is not uncommon for people to experience a variety of anxiety and depression symptoms during this process. The most important things to do to help with this grief process are to let yourself experience it and talk about it with people who are supportive to you. If your anxiety symptoms persist, you might benefit from the anxiety medicine buspirone or from an antidepressant with anti-anxiety properties, such as one of the SSRI antidepressants, venlafaxine (Effexor), or mirtazepine (Remeron). Of the SSRI antidepressants, Zoloft, Celexa, and Lexapro are least likely to have any interaction with the alcohol you are consuming, but any antidepressant can potentiate the effect of alcohol (a drink may seem twice as strong). I would not combine any benzodiazepine anti-anxiety medicine [alprazolam (Xanax), lorazepam (Ativan), clonazepam (Klonopin), diazepam (Valium), oxazepam (Serax), chlordiazepoxide (Librium), chlorazepate (Tranxene), etc.] with beer or any alcoholic beverage due to risks of interaction and developing dependence. I hope this is helpful.
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