Zoloft users often report that the drug both increases alcohol cravings and amplifies alcohol’s effects. Some users have described the experience as one drink feeling like three. The increased effects cause users to experience dizziness and even blackouts even though they could easily drink the same amount of alcohol before starting their Zoloft regimen without feeling similar effects. Often dizziness and blackouts strike suddenly the first time users enjoy a drink after beginning Zoloft because they are caught unawares.
How Much Is too Much?
Medical professionals believe that some Zoloft users might be able to drink a “moderate amount” of alcohol without experiencing serious negative effects. By “moderate amount” they mean one drink per day for women and two for men. “Drink” in this context means 1.5 ounces of 80-proof whiskey, one ounce of 100-proof spirits, 12 ounces of beer, or 5 ounces of wine. However, many Zoloft users experience serious reactions to even small amounts of alcohol, so if you are taking the drug, do not assume you can drink a “moderate amount” of alcohol. Doing so could be hazardous to your health.
Zoloft Users’ Experiences Vary
Based on patients’ experiences and medical professionals’ accounts, it’s not uncommon for Zoloft use with alcohol to cause dizziness and blackouts. Because no one has extensively documented the frequency of these effects, no hard data exist on the likelihood that Zoloft will cause them or to what degree in users, meaning any evidence is still anecdotal. Although, the risk remains.