I have been taking escitalopram for 6 weeks. Start-up anxiety can be an issue for SSRIs, but I had none on that (my doc did start me on a tiny dose at first though) stomach upset at first, a gnawing feeling which was lessened by taking it with a meal, and it resolved completely after a week or so. No sexual side effects for me, but my vowel movements have slowed down.
My depressive symptoms are almost fully resolved. I still have daily anxiety but I find I'm able to more effectively do cognitive behavioral exercises on the lexapro, I feel like my life isn't controlled by anxiety. I notice improved motivation not all the time, but several days, which is huge for me personally.
I agree w insights, a drink here and there is ok. I've had one drink in a few occasions w it and no problems. But I'd limit the amount and frequency.