Can You Drink on Wegovy (Semaglutide)?

Wegovy and alcohol typically aren’t recommended to mix when patients are taking Wegovy® for weight loss.  When considering if you can drink alcohol on Wegovy, keep in mind that alcohol provides added calories and lowers inhibitions which may make it harder to maintain a healthy, calorie-reduced eating pattern. Additionally, alcohol on its own can have the effect of lowering blood sugar which may be worsened if taken in combination with Wegovy.  It is important you discuss your potential Wegovy and alcohol use with your doctor; your provider may recommend avoiding alcohol completely.  While the relationship between semaglutide and alcohol is not well studied in humans, animal models of alcohol addiction have shown that the active compound in Wegovy (semaglutide) reduced alcohol intake.  Anecdotally, people have reported while taking Wegovy they find their cravings for alcohol decrease.

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Lauren Lemieux, MD

Lauren Lemieux, MD

FACP, ABOM diplomate

Dr. Lauren Lemieux completed her Internal Medicine residency and fellowship in Clinical Nutrition at UCLA. She is board certified in Internal Medicine and diplomate of the American Board of Obesity Medicine, and as a Physician Nutrition Specialist. She is also a fellow of the American College of Physicians. Dr. Lemieux is passionate about helping her patients reach their health goals using personalized nutrition, lifestyle and weight management strategies.