By PRISCILLA39 Latest Reply 2011-12-25 05:12:41 -0600
Started 2011-05-31 16:37:14 -0500


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nzingha 2011-12-25 05:12:41 -0600 Report

merry Christmas everyone… hope u will have a great day ..and yes watch the drinking. I had a half glass of wine last night and i am amazed at my reading this morning. thought it would be hitting the roof.. but its great.. 95! i wont make it a habit but its always good to know and i wont be having any today when i go to my family dinner..lol!

WendyFR 2011-06-10 23:15:20 -0500 Report

I think so, but you have to limit yourself, because alcohol has sugar in it. You still have to count the carbs/sugar.

PetiePal 2011-06-02 09:34:21 -0500 Report

Yes, you can drink but the key is everything in moderation.

I still have one or two beers once in awhile (and find it doesn't spike my sugars much) but I make sure never to get drunk. I never really enjoyed that anyways but having too much alcohol can actually stop you from producing insulin while your organs deal with filtering out the alco.

Be careful with wine, not too much! And as for any sugary ridiculous drinks, say good bye to them it's not worth it.

sunshine247 2011-06-02 09:23:18 -0500 Report

Any alcohol is sugar…Take it from a Type 1 Diabetic and alcoholic…alcohol is sugar…If you want to drink, one and only one. No beer = very high carbs.

Pynetree 2011-06-01 12:47:17 -0500 Report

If you are on oral meds it is different. Two of my meds say "No Alcoholic Drinks" but my CDE told me when I took a Diabetes class 20 plus years ago…"Oh we can teach you that you can drink" it's all about timing, eating and testing!

MarkS 2011-06-01 12:26:06 -0500 Report

As said in the reply from Gabby, being a diabetic doesn't stop you from doing anything that someone without diabetes can do, just be more careful. When I drink a pint of ale I count on about 16 to 18 carbs when determining the insulin dose. When drinking a margarita, it depends upon the 'recipe' as in what was mixed with the tequila. Personally, I found that my blood sugar drops when drinking something neat; when mixed, if its something with sugar, the same drop does not occur. And as cmlo678 said, it is a lot of trial and error!

Jim Edwards
Jim Edwards 2011-06-01 10:20:17 -0500 Report

Yes, but be wise in all things. Drinking any alcohol without food can drop your BS very fast and deep. 1/4 cup of Vodka dropped my BS by 150 points in 1 hour. That was straight Vodka. Once you mix it with anything, who knows what happens. the alcohol drops your BS, and the OJ wants to raise it. Remember, too, that the alcohol may do you good on dropping your BS, it packs on a number of calories real quick. So experiment, but do so with care. The time for doing a six pack is over with. :(. It would be good to have someone around that knows you have diabetes, and what to do if you go whacko.

Trudie Ann
Trudie Ann 2011-06-01 02:07:32 -0500 Report

I haven't researched it, but I have found that if my BS is very high, that a small glass of wine helps me to get back down out of the dangerous high BS reading.

Chad1978 2011-06-01 01:15:42 -0500 Report

Heck yes, but just be smart. Sadly, this very well may have been my first question to my endo, LOL. His answer to me was to experiment. Drink a glass of wine or beer and then test my sugar levels a half hour later, then an hour later, and finally two hours later. Then the next day have two glasses, and do the same thing. Everybody reacts differently, so find out your bodies reactions to different foods and drinks. Just be smart. I am not a big drinker, and on occasion may go out with my friends and have 3 or maybe four drinks. I do make sure to drink plenty of water during and after each drink. I usually maintain very good blood sugar levels, but your body may react way different than mine. I usually have 1-2 glasses of wine/beer per week, but it is that occasional social event that I tend to allow myself to have fun and enjoy a few glasses. I am not into hard liquor so I have no tips for you there.

GabbyPA 2011-05-31 22:37:52 -0500 Report

When you are a diabetic, you are allowed to do whatever you want. No one is going to stop you from doing things. What you want to do is find out if it is a wise choice you are about to make and how it will affect your body.

Here are a lot of discussions on the topic of alcohol drinking and diabetes. http://www.diabeticconnect.com/discussions?query=alcohol+drinking&by=relevancy

It is a very personal choice and if you do want to experiment I recommend that you do it at home and don't do it alone. Make sure there are some people with you that will know what to do if you go low. And hopefully know the difference between being drunk and being low...they have very similar symptoms.

A way to prevent a low while drinking is to never drink on an empty stomach. Give your body something to be busy with. There is a great video here that I was searching for but cannot seem to find on how to make sure that you party with a "diabetic" mindset. If anyone knows the one I mean, please post it for Priscilla...it is funny but gets the point across. It's by the "happy diabetic" and he did it while on vacation in Mexico...

Anyway, being diabetic doesn't mean you have to give up enjoying life. We just have to be a bit more cautious and keep close friends even closer.

melcoujes 2011-05-31 22:13:32 -0500 Report

I only have one alcoholic drink about every two months.
I have never been able to metabolize alcohol. I thought I was allergic for many years until the diabeties was diagnosed. Then it all made sense!

Cookie Roma
Cookie Roma 2011-05-31 21:16:59 -0500 Report

I am so glad I wasn't someone who drank alcohol when I was diagnosed. There were plenty enough changes without having to give that up also.

Harlen 2011-05-31 21:03:57 -0500 Report

I gave it up to much stress
We are each difrent stey away from the sweet mixers
Best wishes

melissa5786 2011-05-31 21:01:05 -0500 Report

I believe it's different for everyone. Because of all my other issues it's unwise for me to have any alcohol. I always thought that since I'm so young and my friends go out to bars and clubs, I'd feel so left out. Luckily, my friends are very understanding and some of them even choose to be sober with me!

edvel54 2011-05-31 18:32:22 -0500 Report


When you drink, your liver decreases its ability to release glucose so that it can instead clean the alcohol from your blood. Because glucose production is shut down, hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) becomes a risk for people with diabetes, particularly if you drink on an empty stomach or shortly after taking insulin or glucose-lowering oral medications. And because it takes two hours for just one ounce of alcohol to metabolize and leave your system, the risk continues long after you've emptied your glass.

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