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Can You Drink Alcohol On Ozempic? 6 Things To Consider

Executive Summary

  • Ozempic has become a popular medication for people pursuing weight loss, but there are some reasons to be cautious about mixing it with alcohol.
  • Drinking alcohol while taking Ozempic can increase your caloric intake, which can negatively impact your weight loss journey.
  • Drinking alcohol on Ozempic can pose potential risks for your liver, digestive function, and blood sugar.
  • If you would like to continue drinking alcohol during your weight loss journey, you should consider a holistic weight loss program.

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Drinking Alcohol on Ozempic

Ozempic has become an extremely popular option for people seeking a quick fix to weight loss. This popular weight loss medication was originally designed for those with type 2 diabetes. However, the medication became an option prescribed for weight loss as its function can also offer benefits for weight management.

Ozempic is a type of Semaglutide medication, also known as a glucagon-like peptide 1 (GLP-1) agonist. This medication mimics a hormone in the body, helping to stimulate the release of insulin to control blood sugar while also helping to reduce your appetite.

Currently, the FDA has not established any warnings for drinking alcohol while taking Ozempic. However, there is still limited research surrounding the topic of Ozempic and alcohol, so there are a few things to consider before you start combining the two. It’s important to understand the potential risks so you can position yourself for a successful weight loss journey and overall wellness.

Key Things To Consider Before Drinking Alcohol on Ozempic

Ozempic can be a helpful tool for anyone who wants to lose weight. However, if you drink alcohol on a regular basis, you should consider the following before you start your Ozempic journey.

1. Caloric Intake

A key part of a weight loss journey is trying to reduce your caloric intake—at a basic level, when you eat more calories than you use through activity, your body stores it as fat, but when you use more calories through activity than you eat, you start to lose weight.

Unfortunately, alcoholic drinks are a quick way to build up your caloric intake, which can harm your weight loss success. Drinking calories is almost always a bad idea because of how easy it is to casually drink a beverage—the calories can quickly add up without you even realizing it. This is the case for not just alcohol but any sugary or high-calorie drink.

Alcohol has 7 calories per gram, and the average alcoholic drink has anywhere around 100 to 300 calories or more. If you drink multiple drinks in one sitting, you could be taking in several hundred calories through alcohol alone. When the daily recommendation for most people hovers around 2,000 calories, this is a significant percentage.

Many alcoholic beverages are also high in sugar if they are mixed with simple syrups, sodas, or other flavorings. By indulging regularly, you could be inviting an even higher caloric intake, making it difficult for you to maintain weight loss success and counteracting the goals of your Ozempic journey.

2. Liver Function

Drinking alcohol while taking Ozempic can put additional strain on your liver and decrease the effectiveness of the medication. Your liver is responsible for regulating the chemical levels in your blood and removing waste products. Semaglutide medications, like Ozempic, have been found to have positive effects on fat levels in your liver, but drinking alcohol may limit these benefits.

When you drink alcohol, the liver breaks down the alcohol so that it can be removed from the body. Over time, excessive drinking can put extra strain on your liver and lead to fatty liver disease, as this process creates harmful byproducts the liver must work to remove.  Drinking regularly may force your liver to work overtime, limiting the benefits of Ozempic and reducing your body’s ability to metabolize the medication.

If you have any history of alcohol-associated liver disease or cirrhosis, you should consult your doctor before drinking alcohol while on Ozempic.

3. Gastrointestinal Effects

Ozempic can have several gastrointestinal side effects, and drinking alcohol can exacerbate these effects. Combining alcohol and Ozempic can lead to significant discomfort and discourage you on your weight loss journey.

Some of the negative side effects of Ozempic include:

  • Nausea
  • Indigestion
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Stomach pain

Drinking alcohol while taking Ozempic can cause these effects to worsen, as alcohol also has gastrointestinal side effects, like abdominal pain, vomiting, bloating, and nausea. If you experience the effects of combined Ozempic and alcohol nausea, it may limit your comfort and success on the medication.

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4. Hypoglycemia Risk

Alcohol and Ozempic can both increase your risk of low blood sugar, also known as hypoglycemia. Low blood sugar can have several harmful side effects, such as dizziness, lethargy, or fainting. If you combine both, this could increase your risk even further, potentially dropping your blood sugar below safe levels.

If you choose to drink alcohol while taking Ozempic, then you should pay careful attention to how your body reacts. Monitor yourself for symptoms like dizziness, shakiness, lightheadedness, confusion, and sweating.

If you have a history of hypoglycemia at all, then you should contact your doctor before considering drinking alcohol while taking Ozempic.

5. Interaction with Medications

Drinking alcohol is often discouraged when taking any medications. One reason for avoiding alcohol on medication is the aforementioned risks of affecting your liver function. However, alcohol can also impact the effectiveness of some medications.

Alcohol can interfere with the function of some medications by affecting the body’s ability to metabolize them. If the body metabolizes the medication improperly, it could diminish the effects and limit the body’s ability to use it effectively. Some side effects of mixing alcohol with certain medications can include nausea, vomiting, and headaches.  

Although the research on drinking alcohol while taking Ozempic is currently limited, there is still reason to be cautious. If you are considering taking Ozempic and drinking alcohol occasionally, you should discuss the potential risks with your doctor.

6. Individual Tolerance

Everyone has a different tolerance level for alcohol. Your tolerance often depends on factors like your size, muscle mass, how often you drink, and whether you drink on an empty stomach. This tolerance determines how likely the chemicals are to build up in your system and cause you to feel any of the effects.

This method applies to when you’re drinking alcohol on Ozempic as well. Some people may be more likely to handle the potential side effects of doing both, while some people may be more sensitive to the combination.

Alternatives for Those Who Wish To Drink Alcohol

Some people enjoy the occasional alcoholic beverage, whether it be to wind down from a long day or to enjoy a social event with friends. Combining Ozempic and alcohol may offer a few question marks, but that doesn’t mean a weight loss journey has to exclude alcohol entirely.

By choosing to rely on a holistic weight loss and wellness program instead of medication, you can position yourself to enjoy the occasional alcoholic beverage. Holistic methods focus on helping you develop healthy habits so that you can enjoy the occasional beverage without the risks associated with Ozempic.

Holistic methods include the following alternatives to taking Ozempic for weight loss success:

  • Eating nutritious whole foods
  • Getting enough sleep
  • Practicing stress management strategies
  • Maintaining a consistent exercise routine

Our programs at re:vitalize weight loss and wellness take your lifestyle into account so you don’t have to make unreasonable sacrifices. Our approach to weight loss involves choosing healthier foods and making more positive lifestyle choices overall to boost your metabolic health. As a result, you don’t have to worry about negative side effects or detrimental impacts on your health.

Using our unique BioScan™ technology, we’ll analyze your individual biomarkers to identify which nutrients are optimal for your weight loss and wellness. This information will serve as a roadmap for you to develop a meal plan for sustainable weight loss. Then, we’ll provide accountability through daily check-ins and progress monitoring from our expert weight loss coaches and board-certified nutritionists.

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If you are considering taking Ozempic and enjoy an occasional alcoholic beverage when out with friends, there are several reasons to be cautious. Combining Ozempic and alcohol can have potentially negative impacts on your liver, blood sugar, caloric intake, and more.

At re:vitalize weight loss and wellness, we offer flexible weight loss programs to support a healthy weight loss journey for a variety of lifestyles. Because our programs center around simply eating nutritious whole foods, there are no adverse effects to having an occasional alcoholic beverage. 

Our expert weight loss coaches and board-certified nutritionists provide support and accountability every step of the way. We also offer virtual weight loss programs to help anyone meet and sustain their weight loss goals from anywhere.

Schedule a consultation with our team at re:vitalize weight loss & wellness to learn more about our Flexible Weight Loss and Weight Loss & Metabolic Reset programs.

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Dan Lemoine

Meet the Author Dan LeMoine

Dan is passionate about helping others get healthy and reclaim their best lives. In addition to serving as re:vitalize’s CEO, Dan is a certified holistic nutritionist, with board certifications from both The American Association of Drugless Practitioners and the American Naturopathic Medical Accreditation Board. He and Dr. Abood co-authored their book, Fear No Food, which became an Amazon #1 Best Seller and #1 New Release. Dan’s thought leadership on weight loss, nutrition, and metabolic health has been featured in various outlets like Fox News, Delish.com, 247Health, Prevention, MSN, and Sports Illustrated. Originally from Ohio, Dan and his wife Danae (also a nutritionist and co-founder of re:vitalize) moved to Phoenix in 2017 to open re:vitalize’s Arizona locations.
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