By Anonymous Latest Reply 2012-10-01 18:42:27 -0500
Started 2012-09-28 14:15:06 -0500

Hey guys!! I'm going out for my friends birthday tonight and I'd like to have a drink or two.. Any advice you can give me?

12 replies

MoeGig 2012-10-01 18:42:27 -0500 Report

You know what they say: Wine is fine, but Liquor is quicker. Neither has ever really affected my blood glucose much as long as I don't include fruity mixers with the alcohol. The wine, also, can't be a sweet or fortified wine like port, etc. That leaves a lot of choice—-martinis, etc. (watch the sweet vermouth, etc.). Beer has the same carbs as milk…15 gms or less, so it's not horrible unless you drink more than a couple. Anyway…have fun!

red flower lady
red flower lady 2012-09-30 22:39:39 -0500 Report

Well, alcohol will make your bg drop, but the fruity mixed drinks that have all that sugar will raise it. You have to be careful that it doesn't go too high and then suddenly drop on you. I would say get a drink and then just nurse it as long as you gan during your outing. If you use insulin it can get hairy, high bg you'll treat it thinking you are doing the right thing, but then the alcohol will drop it as well and you will go way to low, so be very careful please!!!

ali21 2012-09-28 17:13:22 -0500 Report

Thanks guys for all the advice!! I heard that hard liquor lowers your blood levels drastically so if I mix them with juice or regular coke.. Won't it even out?

Nick1962 2012-09-29 19:17:56 -0500 Report

No, they don't get processed at the same rate, and it depends on what else is in your system at the time. I won't do juice or soda of any kind (too much sugar), but have no probelm with tonic. Of course it all depends on how many you're going to have as well. Moderation of alcohol for a dieabetic is a little more important, because the sugars will spike you quickly, but the alcohol will take a while to leave your system making your numbers roller coaster, and that you don't want. If it's just a couple (2) light cocktails, you might be good with a mixer of diet soda. How far hard liquor drops BG's is entirely dependant on the person. At 268 pounds it didn't touch mine. Now 90 lbs lighter, it will drop me 20 points so the only time I drink is after a meal.

Nick1962 2012-09-28 16:36:25 -0500 Report

I don't do beer (carbs) anymore, but have no problems with wines or hard liquor.
Liqueurs or any mixer other than tonic or club raise mine.

Michael McMillan
Michael McMillan 2012-09-28 15:45:51 -0500 Report

Light Beer is OK, alcohol will make your sugar drop drastically throughout the night so becareful. Speaking from experience. Diabetic for 30 years and a drinker for 16 years.

Katiedawnb 2012-09-28 15:29:09 -0500 Report

I just found out I had diabetes type 1 a week ago so I am no expert but I did ask my dr about this bc I do like to drink. She said to stick with non sugary drinks examples. Light beer, dry red wines or liqueur mixed with diet drinks/diet
tonic. Dry red wines do not seem to raise my sugar levels. Try to drink water while you drink alcohol and make sure you eat something before or while drinking and test yourself before or during. Hope this helps and have fun.

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