Alcohol and Diabetes... A disaster waiting to happen?

Jeanette Terry
By Jeanette TerryPA Latest Reply 2013-04-12 09:35:08 -0500
Started 2013-03-02 11:21:17 -0600

I would just like to know everyone's opinion on this subject. There is a lot of information out there about the affects that alcohol can have on your diabetes control. But there isn't a lot of information from those that have had first hand experience with it. I personally don't drink, but am very curious if for those of you out there that enjoy the occasional drink if there is a way that you have found to drink responsibly while not having it wreak havoc on your diabetes?

19 replies

ayala girl
ayala girl 2013-04-12 09:35:08 -0500 Report

I don't drink or smoke..been 7yrs…i take januvia 1a day and 20 units of insulin at bedtime…still high though :-( im new here and hope to find info and really anything that will help me fight this awful disease…God bless you all <3

rickster912 2013-04-01 21:58:35 -0500 Report

I drink on on social occasions and I'm fine. Beer seems to lower my sugar as apposed to wine. Consumption in moderation I always say! Enjoy life!! Have a glass or two. As long your in control!!

devik 2013-03-29 14:24:02 -0500 Report

Sorry I don't drink or smoke so I don't know but it's interesting to read everyone's experience.

jayabee52 2013-03-29 14:30:08 -0500 Report

no need to be sorry about not participating in those not so great habits! In fact I say KUDOs to you because you don't do it! I have never smoked (oh I am sorry I did once when my hair was set on fire in HS), but I did drink alcohol. Due to my kidney damage I don't drink anything stonger than water now.

1rahrbunny 2013-03-29 07:52:39 -0500 Report

I find that the effect of alcohol in moderation just elongates the effects of insulin. This means even if I drink something pretty darn sweet (cider/mead/wine- since I can't do wheat products) I will use less overall insulin. I might increase my basal with a small bolus and accept that I will have higher than normal bgs for a while(150 instead of 90) to allow myself the pleasure of a few drinks once in a while.

natashar 2013-03-25 23:26:05 -0500 Report

I've had an interesting experience with alcohol. Used to binge drink in high school (being a type 1 diabetic) which definitely was not the smartest thing I could do. I would purposely make my blood sugars high (around 20) and wouldn't have any insulin all night and wake up at 5 or 6. Keep in mind this is after having 10+ drinks. Thankfully I'm smarter now, especially after having quite a scare when I ended up in the hospital for alcohol poisoning a few years ago. I barely touch alcohol now, but if I do I only have maybe 2-3 drinks and adjust my basal rates, because I still tend to drop quite a bit a few hours later. Anyways, i definitely recommend a long-acting snack before bed after having a few drinks!

Magoofdr 2013-03-22 22:28:21 -0500 Report

I love my rum and coke, I drink coke zero with my rum. For me rum does not have as much suger and I can enjoy a drink or two with out a spike, and only on occasion.

aligmom 2013-03-22 22:15:28 -0500 Report

I can have a few (yes I like my wine lol ) glasses of merlot or I love red zin. Only on w/e without qny sugar spikes. I used to drink sugary drinks lemoncello or baileys but that was no good so now I am a wine drinker w/e only

lorider70 2013-03-22 20:30:23 -0500 Report

I have had one lite beer a day since being diagnosed in 1989; and on rare occasion a Jack Damiel's on the rocks in place of the one beer. never had a problem so far.

Type1Lou 2013-03-22 18:08:44 -0500 Report

I used to drink a glass of dry red wine with dinner 3 to 4 times a week, with no really adverse effects…until I hit 61 years of age. Drinking even just one glass of wine now puts me at risk for serious low BG's. I had been experiencing problems with low BG's, which eventually led me to an insulin pump in 2011. Now, I only have wine on very special occasions and make sure that, if it's in the evening, I have a snack before bedtime to assure avoiding those scary low BG's. Using a pump has also virtually eliminated the dangerously low BG episodes. I do miss my wine though. I never really liked other alcoholic beverages, so don't miss them.

Nova69 2013-03-22 18:40:04 -0500 Report

I have a glass of wine each evening but seldom have anything else. My BG usually runs 85 - 100 in the morning with the occasional low in the mid 60s - 70s - nothing really dangerous.

ConnieMarie 2013-03-22 11:50:09 -0500 Report

it depends on what i drink, when i drink and how much…i had gotten a book a few years ago on diabetic friendly cocktails…i still refer to it around the holidays…i enjoy a good beer and will myself to 1…wine usually 1/2 glass if it's a sweet one but no more than 2…hard stuff/mixed…bourbon or rum based and again no more than 2…then i switch to water…

Fefe12 2013-03-22 00:10:20 -0500 Report

i love my lemon drops and my occasional glass of wine. I've never been into lots of drinking that never made sense to me, but once in awhile i believe is good for you. i mosly have just one but on my birthday i had four! I spread it out all day into the evening so I was very careful. How it effects you i think is very individual so you must be careful.

mapche 2013-03-21 23:39:16 -0500 Report

I have noticed that when I drink two glasses of wine in the evening my before breakfast blood sugar is lower and 100! Alcohol seems to cause the liver to lower its production of glycogen.

Nick1962 2013-03-02 14:24:33 -0600 Report

I come from a part of the country where drinking was accepted and almost an Olympic sport. I’m past my party days now, so for me, like anything I have to worry about as a diabetic, I know my limits. If it has an effect on my levels, I avoid it whether it’s beer or bread. But yes, I can have certain wines or alcohols and do enjoy them with apparently no adverse effects if i stick to the limits.

manapua72 2013-03-02 12:38:44 -0600 Report

I still drink but as a wiser older person and esp because I'm a diabetic I don't drink crazy like I did in my teens and early adult hood … It's all about MODERATION … If you drink and stick to that mantra MODERATION , which when drinking I stick too , then you should be fine … Then again we're all different and what works for one may not work for all …

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