Well, of course you can do it, Medved, because you are capable of doing it.
However, everyone who has ever had depression will probably tell you that you should eliminate alcohol from your life; it makes depression worse and does have potential to interact adversely with medications. (What does your psychiatrist suggest in this matter?)
You should also stop using anything that has caffeine in it, including coffee, tea, chocolate, and anything else with caffeine in it. It causes depression to ease during the first hours of digestion and then causes a drop in feeling tone below the original level. It's addictive, too, just as alcohol is.
In essence, you're asking people who strongly oppose drinking alcohol to approve drinking at a reception. It isn't at all essential for you to drink to be socially acceptable. In fact, almost all people will applaud your not drinking when you know that it adversely affects your well-being.
Once in a while, try doing without and observing how the folks at the reception who cannot handle their liquor behave. That's enough to make you want to avoid it altogether.
I wish I could give you a thumbs up on this one, because I know many people do enjoy their alcoholic drinks and have it under excellent control. Depressed people do not manage it well chemically or emotionally.
Have a better time just socializing with friends, drinking ginger ale if possible. Any considerate host would have that available.
Post Edited (It's Genetic) : 4/16/2012 2:23:07 PM (GMT-6)