Alcohol and Diabetes

December 18, 2013 at 10:00 am Leave a comment

Holiday Drink

Alcohol can cause low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) shortly after drinking and up to 8 to 12 hours after drinking.

The symptoms of too much alcohol can be similar those of hypoglycemia.  You do not want anyone to confuse hypoglycemia for drunkenness, as you may not receive proper treatment and assistance.

A Few Guidelines for Consuming Alcohol with Diabetes:

  • If you choose to drink alcohol, LIMIT the amount and have it with FOOD.
  • Talk with your doctor or health care team about whether alcohol is safe for you.
  • Drink alcohol with a snack or meal.  Some good snack ideas include pretzels, popcorn, crackers, fat free or baked chips, vegetables and a low-fat dip.
  • Drink only when and if blood glucose is under control.
  • Do not omit food from your regular meal plan.
  • Test blood glucose before drinking an alcoholic beverage.
  • Drink slowly.  Take small sips.
  • Have a no calorie beverage by your side to quench your thirst.
  • Use calorie free drink mixers—diet soda, club soda, diet tonic water, or water.

*Adapted from the American Diabetes Association:*




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