Drinking and Diabeties

By Anonymous Latest Reply 2009-11-14 11:32:50 -0600
Started 2009-08-10 12:47:08 -0500

I avoid alot of things that doctors and educators tell you, but I don't have much info on drinking and diabeties. I like to have a margarita when I eat mexican or a beer. Any info will be helpful.

25 replies

Sue Turner
Sue Turner 2009-11-11 13:32:18 -0600 Report

I love a nothing better than a good Margarita!!! However, I also know that it is chalked full of carbs. I do have one occasionally, but I try to cover for it when I do. I have heard that the safest drinks are Vodka, Scotch, and other whiskeys. It seems that they do not have as many carbs as beer,fruity drinks,ect., And I love to have a nice wine with dinner once in a while. We would probably be better off not to have any alcoholic beverages, but, heh!!! I asked my endocrinologist about having an occasional glass of wine, and she said that there was nothing wrong with that, and it wouldn't hurt anything, just don't over do it. Not one of the really sweet wines.

Anonymous 2009-09-30 23:01:14 -0500 Report

I drink a margharita, a beer, or coffee with a hit of Bailey's Irish Cream or at most a couple of glasses of wine on occasion - not every day by any means and always with food. So far my liver enzymes are OK, I have done no more damage to blood sugar than when I break down and eat chocolate cake or a cinnamon roll. I never drink when I am emotionally stressed as I enjoy it way too much and do not want to develope a habit that would evolve into alcoholism. My two cents.

lipsie 2009-08-13 09:01:15 -0500 Report

Overall it can be unsafe…sugar up or down, so be careful in whatever you decide to do! I have heard that one beer is Okay, though yes the mixed drinks sky rocket your sugars. Also Vodka is like the one liquor that has the lowest sugar I have been told. Good luck, be safe k? Hugs! Sheila

Crashnot 2009-08-10 20:54:20 -0500 Report

The tropical drinks shoot me through the roof, basic drinks like beer and wine can actually make me come down a bit. The best thing I've done is find a carb-counting list online for alcoholic beverages. It will tell you what each of them has. Margaritas are very high, so be sure to dose accordingly if enjoying those. Even when I do adjust for them, I still seem to go too high later at night!

Crashnot 2009-08-10 20:58:06 -0500 Report

has most of the alcoholic drinks listed. Then you have to figure out what the rest of the cocktail's mix has in it, like fruit juice or sweetened mixtures. That's where I go astray, no idea what they're adding in after the tequila!

DanaLisa 2009-08-13 08:53:56 -0500 Report

mixed drinks with a fruit base will make your sugar rise pronto…not a good idea. anything sweet that you would not consider drinking even without alcohol is a bad choice. most wines will make it rise, but i find at a slightly slower rate..but i get a terrible headache. it is not worth it. my choice IF i am going to have anything is either beer or a mixed drink with diet coke. if i have more than 2, the next AM my sugar drops too low, then i get the headache. but as suggested…it is different for all of us. i have been T1 for 32 yrs. lowest hga1c was 8.0

Pat Roth
Pat Roth 2009-08-13 09:23:35 -0500 Report

Interesting—see,when I drank some, I did not have diabetis, that has developed only in the past 3 years, but I tend to love fruit juices—so guess that is a no-no- too, PR

Sue Turner
Sue Turner 2009-11-14 08:39:22 -0600 Report

Same here Crashnot,

I love a good Margarita. My husband and I were on a business trip a few weeks ago, and of course when we went out to dinner, I would have a Margarita. I worried about it, but I had it anyway. LOL I just tryed to adjust my meal, including the drink accordingly.

Harlen 2009-08-10 18:01:55 -0500 Report

I one can of beer is two slices of bread
for me anyway

Chuck in TX
Chuck in TX 2009-11-14 08:28:32 -0600 Report

I have found that there is a lot of difference in different beers. The light beers are not nearly so carby. Dark or amber beers are much worse. Sweet wine is terrible for raising bs. For mixed drinks, use Splenda for sweetener. But the best way to relax is a good old Martini. (smile)


Sue Turner
Sue Turner 2009-11-14 08:33:48 -0600 Report

Hi Chuck,

I have found that Vodka, Scotch, and some other whiskeys have no carbs. I have found a new drink that I like, it is Vodka mixed with Sprite Zero, with a little lime juice. Tried it the other night for the the first time, and it was "awsome!" I am also a wine lover, but I have found that there are only certain ones that I can drink that doesn't affect my bs levels too much. I lke the white wines better than red, but the red wines are better for you.

Sue Turner
Sue Turner 2009-11-14 11:32:50 -0600 Report

Oh, and by-the-way, welcome to the site, Chuck. I love it. You meet so many wonderful people on here.

Again, have a wonderful day. Sue T.

Anonymous 2009-08-10 17:01:53 -0500 Report

thanks to all of you! I notice that when I drink beer that my sugar will drop during the night. But with a margarita I have to adjust my bolus. I was just wandering what other diabetics have experienced. I know that the bottom line is that you should not drink - I don't take other meds with warnings.

kdroberts 2009-08-10 19:54:14 -0500 Report

The bottom like is it's different for everyone. I've heard a number of type 1's say that you know that you have got your insulin down to a T when you can bolus a beer correctly!

at the beach
at the beach 2009-09-30 22:32:11 -0500 Report

From my personal experience, your blood glucose level can drop drastically about 3-4 hrs after having drinks. Usually when most people are sleeping, this makes drinking very dangerous to diabetic.(has something to due with the effect alcohol has on the liver) I occasionally have a few drinks, usually beer, but always go to bed with blood glucose a little high and I eat before going to bed. Just be careful and let friends know what to watch for in case you need help.

Sarguillo 2009-08-10 16:49:02 -0500 Report

My dr told me its ok to have one drink, shot, glass or wine or beer per day. no more. I might have a glass or wine with my meal at times but not always. One of my meds has a caution about drinking.

Pat Roth
Pat Roth 2009-08-10 17:02:45 -0500 Report

Hmm—I have several meds that say no drinking, so won't—but it is interesting what different ones can do safely! Best to ALL!! PR

kdroberts 2009-08-10 14:25:18 -0500 Report

It really all depends. Carbs in alcoholic drinks will raise blood sugar, alcohol can lower it. Chances are your margarita will be chock full of carbs so should be avoided from that standpoint, beer can have a lot of carb as well. Some medications have alcohol warnings which you should look into. More why they have the warnings because once you know you can see if they will apply to you.

It's really something that needs to be talked over with a doctor. I drink, it's been fine so far. I drank less when I took metformin and I don't really drink more than a few drinks in one sitting. I know diabetics who drink half a bottle of red wine a day and have done for a long time, no problems.

Pat Roth
Pat Roth 2009-08-10 15:25:07 -0500 Report

My Problem was mixing it with all of my anti-depressants, which have large warnings of NOT to drink. I had always wondered, "WHY"?? Wow, for ME I found out, but all may not react the same! Mine was such a suicidal HELL that I have no urge to try it again with any med. And since they tell me I will always be on anti-depressants, that it, And now, I don't really care! If I do get something, I get it without the alcohol content, love punches—WITHOUT A PUNCH, so that has been my experience. Thank you, PR

mamaoak 2009-08-10 14:20:03 -0500 Report

i have been told one glass of wine red once in a while but other than that i an not to sure. all i know is your not supposed to drink when you take medication.

Pat Roth
Pat Roth 2009-08-10 12:57:57 -0500 Report

Well, I really am NOT a drinker, BUT I did love a Tom Collins when I was younger and went to these bowling tournaments away from home! (that says something, doesn't it??) I don't drink beer, have had a Pina Colada with alcohol and without, can't tell the difference, except I could keep my balance better on the ship without the alcohol! That was in 2005, and I had 2 drinks—soo—
BUT the Dr told mom to drink a little wine to help her sagging energy—etc, so since she was then 96 yrs. she wanted me to drink too. I did, about 3 or 4 ounces—-NEVER AGAIN! Only it wasn't the diabetis, it was going against my antidepressants, and SUIUCIDAL!!!! MAN, it hadn't hit me THAT hard for awhile, (I had to go to bed, cover my head with a blanket and scream into my pillow—my emotions HURT so BADLY!! no, I still don't know the hows or whys, so No, I do NOT TOUCH alcohol anything again. But I still like straight punches—-the different flavors—without the alcohol, is very satisfying to me, BUT again, now with diabetis, I guess the juices are off limits, but I still drink about 4 oz of orange j. twice a week or so—then have you mixed og. with prune j.?? It sure can blow you up, but hopefully send you in a straight line to the BR! Sometimes—-haLove, Pat R