Zoloft and Alcohol

If an individual taking the prescription medicine Zoloft and would prefer to drink alcohol, they should know the possible side effects and risks. Zoloft is a SSRI (Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor) it normally balances degree of serotonin in the brain. Serotonin imbalance often causes mental illnesses such as anxiety. Alcohol raise the serotonin levels, the combination of alcohol and Zoloft will have a great effect on serotonin levels, and will result in a range of symptoms.

Individual those take Alcohol and Zoloft will get intoxicated much quicker. The combo normally doubles or increases the effects of Alcohol. Sometimes the mixture may also cause blackouts and even high agitation. Symptoms like these will come rapidly and often increase the toxic level. Zoloft and alcohol affects similar chemical substance in the brain. It means that Zoloft may enhance the alcohol effect when it is combined. If on feel that they cannot refrain from alcohol, they must drink light to moderate level of alcohol while taking Zoloft.

It is more advisable; when drinking people should not include alcoholic beverages at a time when they are taking Zoloft. Zoloft decrease the ability of the brain to regain serotonin that is a neurotransmitter in charge for passing nerve impulses between cells of nerves. Zoloft increases the mood too. Many people not aware that the alcohol will affect the serotonin level in the brain. Therefore, combining Zoloft and alcohol can outcome in unexpected and unwanted emotions.

The mixture of he Zoloft and alcohol may cause physiological effects on more than the brain. There is a common concern that Zoloft may improve the alcohol effect. It may develop the sign of depression or affect motor skill also. For this reason, physician do not prescribing drinking alcohol while using Zoloft and they only recommend that if an individual chooses drinking when consuming Zoloft, she or he must limit the drinking. Individual who combining Zoloft and alcohol must realize the effects of the drugs that he or she taking. When Zoloft is combined with Alcohol, serious side effects are drowsiness, reflexes, and clouded decision may improve suddenly.


When doctor say that patient should drink only moderate alcohol, it mean that for male it is 2 drinks per day and for female it is one drink per day. The physician says that one drink is twelve ounces of beer or 1.5 ounces of whiskey, or five ounces of wine and one ounce of spirits.

Scientist recommends that drinking alcohol when consuming Zoloft does not improve the damage of mental or motor skills. The effects caused by Zoloft and alcohol combination on people having panic disorder, depression, anxiety disorder and others such as PMDD and OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder and PTSD are not yet analyzed. Therefore, one should totally avoid drinking alcohol after they decide to take Zoloft. Sometimes, in some individual, it may affect the ability to drive a car and operating machinery. Patient should discuss with physician about the Zoloft and alcohol when they have desire to take Zoloft. Sometimes, combining theses tow substance may change the personality of the person too worse and lower the inhibitions and more.