Drinking alcohal

Rick Forcelle
By Rick Forcelle Latest Reply 2012-01-20 02:11:12 -0600
Started 2012-01-18 09:51:22 -0600

I like to drink beer and sometimes whiskey. Is this a no-no or is there some way I can still drink. I am new to all of this, so please help me out. Thanks

10 replies

Armourer 2012-01-19 17:39:29 -0600 Report

I'd say a shot now & then is okay, but a shot not a 5th. And a beer once in a while too. MODERATION! For me who use to drink beer big-time, I gave it up, in fact all alcohol. Doesn't do a body good anyway!

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2012-01-18 15:50:35 -0600 Report

Sorry I can't help with an answer. I had planned on a little New Year's Eve celebration with an adult beverage or two this year But then I had to work instead. Maybe next year I will learn what my BG will do.

reneeramaekers 2012-01-18 12:53:44 -0600 Report

I still drink beer just not all the time everything in moderation !!! I think as long as your numbers are good a beer doesn't hurt but I would check with your MD.
Beer actually lowers my numbers , not too low but in the 80's
Good luck

Nick1962 2012-01-18 10:33:25 -0600 Report

Hey Rick! I guess the simple answer would be depends on how well your body handles it. Historically, it’s been viewed as a no-no, but I think that may have been old school thinking before we had instant testing measures.
Some claim spikes in BG levels, others claim drops. Both can be dangerous depending on the individual. Of course reactions with medications, food consumed (or not consumed), and the type of alcohol all add to the mix of what’s appropriate for you.
I’m pretty well regulated, so a few beers from time to time don’t affect me, but the carbs and sugars do prevent me from doing it daily. I’m fine with wines and any “clear” liquor, but no mixed drinks (except tonic) or liqueurs, and for some reason brown liquors (rum, whiskey) spike me and drop me within 2 hours.
Here’s a similar thread and by the way – welcome to the party, sorry you qualify for entrance into our not-so-little club!

Uncle Lew
Uncle Lew 2012-01-18 10:32:40 -0600 Report

You say you are new to all this so are you recently diagnosed (just curious)?

It is not an absolute no-no but until you have good control of the diabetes you should refrain from drinking. Alcohol lowers your blood glucose levels and, though beer has carbs in it, it is not enough to counter act the lowering effects.

Once you understand the complexities of how foods, meds, exercise and food regiment work together and affect your body and the diabetes, you can work the beer into your life plan.

I personally use to enjoy 3-4 pints after work. I really enjoy the taste of a cold, crisp draft beer but now limit my beer consumption it to an occasional mug.

I made a decision that I would rather have a good, complication free life than a cold, crisp beer (and a shot of JD Green). I haven’t given beer up (or JD). I just limit how much and when I drink it and work it into my life plan.

Good Luck and Godspeed

pixsidust 2012-01-18 10:14:12 -0600 Report

Put aside being a diabetic for a moment
alcohol does nothing good for you

Its also can be a crutch to deal with life and problems
I had a coworker and if she had a bad day occurred
the first thing she said was I need a drink
and while this may not be you…

I can almost bet your family would rejoice if you quit altogether
and if you decided to be healthy altogether…get clean!

The idea of complications, along with the idea of having
one foot or leg is completely unattractive to me
and I am sure it is to you.

Please don't ask how do I keep my crutch
but kick it out from you
when you learn to walk, you will also learn to run