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Weight Loss Medication (Ozempic) Study

In this study, we want to learn if a medication commonly used for weight loss and blood sugar control affects how people respond to alcohol. This will help us to learn if this medication may be helpful for people who drink alcohol. This is not a treatment study, and it is not intended for people who are actively trying to quit drinking.

Age & Gender

  • 21 years ~ 65 years
  • Male, Female, Gender Inclusive

Visit Availability

  • Standard business hours (M-F, 8-5)


North Carolina (Chatham, Durham, Granville, Orange, Person, Wake)

What will be asked of you

Participants will be asked to take the study medication (Ozempic, an FDA-approved medication that helps control weight and blood sugar). Participants will attend weekly medication visits (1 hr) at UNC. Study visits will include medication, clinical measurements (heart rate, blood pressure, body weight), and questionnaires. A few of the visits will also include blood draws and urine tests. In addition, participants will attend two study visits that involve alcohol consumption. These visits will last up to 6-8 hours. Participants will also complete brief telephone check-ins approximately 4 times.


Up to $1000

In-person visits:
Phone or online visits:
Total length of participation:
3 months

Looking for Specific Volunteers

Able to participate:

  • You drink alcohol regularly
  • You are available to attend brief weekly study visits in person
  • You are willing to take the study medication weekly for 2-3 months
  • You are available to attend weekly study visits for up to 3 months

Not eligible if:

  • You use drugs other than alcohol, nicotine or cannabis
  • You are actively trying to quit alcohol drinking
  • You are being treated for diabetes
  • You do not drink alcohol, or only drink occasionally
  • You have plans to move or travel outside the Triangle area in the next 3 months

Contact the Team

Visit Location

Contact & Visit Location

Primary Contact

Primary Visit Location

UNC Eastowne Medical Office Building
100 Eastowne Dr, Chapel Hill, NC 27514, USA

Additional Study Information

Principal Investigator

Christian Hendershot
Bowles Center for Alcohol Studies

Study Type

Clinical or Medical

Study Topics

Healthy Volunteer or General Population
Mental and Emotional Health
Substance Use (tobacco, alcohol, opioids, etc)
Wellness and Lifestyle

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