Alcohol spiking my sugar

By lisaloo2429 Latest Reply 2012-01-02 16:02:09 -0600
Started 2011-12-12 13:07:46 -0600

I went out saturday night and had one long island iced tea. Boy that was a bad mistake - spiked my sugar to 190. I'm not a big drinker anyway but since I was out I thought I'd have one. I had a great time and I didn't get tipsy or anything but had fun listening to my daughter's boyfriends band. I didn't know alcohol would do that to my sugar but now I know better. I wonder if beer is the same way??

29 replies

lifedriver 2011-12-18 18:20:56 -0600 Report

I am not a drinker by any means however, I will have a lite, low carb beer. It does not have any effect on my BG.

Jan8 2011-12-14 07:52:16 -0600 Report

Ohhh I love Long island Ice Tea but can't tolerate any alchohol because it really takes my bg on a roll.

KellyJo76 2011-12-13 13:09:40 -0600 Report

The sweet n sour in the long island is what spiked you. It's made with a sugar syrup. Normally, alcohol takes awhile to break down and will eventually lower your blood sugar.

Mickey/CCHT 2011-12-13 19:11:39 -0600 Report

Oh!! I thought maybe it was the little shot of coke they put in there for color! Along with the alcohol of course! Learn something new everyday!!

berrykins0 2011-12-13 07:36:34 -0600 Report

my blood sugar drops if i drink alcohol i feel kinda shaky and sweaty. i don't drink for that reason plus i have high blood pressure what can drop to low too if a person drinks.

Jan8 2011-12-14 07:54:00 -0600 Report

hmmm… maybe I can have a Long Island after all…when I'm too high..nahh just kidding. But I wish!

GabbyPA 2011-12-12 19:57:36 -0600 Report

A lot of it has to do with what is IN the drink. I don't know the ingredients of a Long Island, but if it is sweet, it is going to be rough. As said, usually, alcohol will give you a lower number. It could be that you also were eating?

jayabee52 2011-12-12 20:54:49 -0600 Report

Here is an article about Long Island Tea and its variants from Wickipedia ~

meowbat 2011-12-13 04:39:54 -0600 Report

Guys please let me help you figure this out. Basic biology will tell us that All food that is food contains alcohol. it is one of the natural byproducts of the sugar/protein/starch transfers. Consequently, when you consume alcohol you are just adding to what is already in your body by way of the food you eat. Each persons intake/process/holding levels are different. A small drink taken as a medicinal additive can effect lower BG levels for some people because it can help redirect sugar levels in your blood. Something like a multi-ingredient mixed concoction such as "Long Island Iced Tea" IS NOT SAFE for a medicinal application. You can ascertain this yourself by checking out the basic recipe.
1 part each of:
tequila——-high sugar
rum——high sugar
triple sec——-high sugar
1&1/2 parts sweet and sour mix ——Very high sugar
a large splash of coca-cola —-high sugar
to top off the problem with drinking this, it tasted just like old fashioned sweet tea.If you are not told it's alcohol it's DANGEROUS. My sis-in-law did this to me many years ago and I was driving my kids home from school. I don't get drunk. I get deathly ill. I am allergic to alcohol. she thought it was funny. this was before Had any idea of my type 2. but I can only imagine what my BG count was. If you want a small drink and for you it seems to bring the BG level down please just stick with a half glass of a light wine or a lite beer. Ask your doc what is best for you. its better to be safe than sorry. and mixed drinks are not the answer. I don't drink by choice. But I hope this helps. GRINS&HAPPYS——-Meowbat

red flower lady
red flower lady 2012-01-02 16:02:09 -0600 Report

Great bio lesson and hope you got back at here, laxative brownies? No, just kidding that would be too mean, but then again, hmmmm:D

GabbyPA 2011-12-13 07:50:51 -0600 Report

There you have it. I have never had one, so I was not sure what was in it. I knew it had a lot of combinations, but I didn't realize it had that much. They should call it the "Kitchen Sink"! LOL

jayabee52 2011-12-12 14:40:18 -0600 Report

Howdy Lisa
There is a difference of opinion between the posters who've posted on this discussion so far. One says alcohol will spike the drinker's BG levels, others say aclohol will lower it. I went online to see what the explanation might be. I found this article from WebJD which says BOTH opinions are correct but it seems to matter HOW MUCH (portion control?) alcohol you consume, and what else is in the drink. Here's the article and you can read it for yourself ~

ShellyLargent 2011-12-12 14:06:17 -0600 Report

I found this artical online Maybe it'll help. I found that I get a spike in my numbers, but then a swift drop. If I do have a drink, it's usually a rum and diet and only on special occasions. We had our Christmas party for the office on Saturday I had a few rum and diets. Had a spike at first, but crashed about 2 hours after my last drink. I had a hard time getting it back up and keeping it up for about 6 hours after that.

red flower lady
red flower lady 2012-01-02 15:40:08 -0600 Report

Those drinks are good, but we pay for them later:< Alcohol will drop the bg levels, but if having a drink with sweetners added it'll raise it. Have to do the moderation thing and check levels. It's one of those hmmmm moments.

byrun 2011-12-12 13:23:17 -0600 Report

The alcohol should have worked the opposite way. I'm thinking your sugar spike would have been from the sweeteners in the drink. I have a couple beers a couple times a week and that pushes my #'s down but, I make sure to have something to eat to keep the #'s from dropping too low.

lisaloo2429 2011-12-12 13:52:10 -0600 Report

Doesn't alcohol turn to sugar in the body? Idk but i'm not a big drinker anyway so I won't worry about it. Thank you!!

Nick1962 2011-12-12 14:38:36 -0600 Report

No Lisa, it turns into acetaldehyde (that and water and CO2). More than likely it was whatever was in the tea. The only things I can drink with no reaction are wine (the sugar’s already been converted to alcohol) and vodka w/ tonic.

jayabee52 2011-12-13 20:38:40 -0600 Report

and some of the beers and wines which are not completely brewed/fermented ( like sweet wine) also have carbs in them,

Nick1962 2011-12-14 10:19:53 -0600 Report

True. Most hard liquor is typically 0 sugar and 0 carb. as is most wine. The sugars are consumed by the distillation/fermentation process (yeast organisms consuming sugars) which is what produces the alcohol. The same general process occurs in beer also, but the fermentation process is stopped before all the sugars are consumed. In this case the yeast organisms consume the sugars, but these organisms are killed off prior to complete consumption. This is also how bread is made. Yeast eats the sugar and produces ethanol and CO2 to make it rise. Baking it kills the organisms.
Some liquor makers, especially rum and some tequilas will use this “stopped” process to add a certain flavor to their product. Wine makers can also add back in some unfermented juice to sweeten the wine.
There, we’ve had some science today.

byrun 2011-12-14 10:37:31 -0600 Report

Excellent science lesson…thank you. 0 sugar and 0 carbs…I think I should eat less and drink more!!! L-O-L

lisaloo2429 2011-12-12 15:00:20 -0600 Report

Oh okay - I'm going to read those articles that have the links on this discussion. Thanks friends!! I appreciate yall.

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