Is it okay to have a glass of red wine (pinot noir) with dinner?
Most people with diabetes can safely drink alcohol, although it’s always wise to first check with your healthcare provider, as alcohol could worsen certain health conditions and interact with some medications. If you take insulin or certain types of diabetes pills, such as glyburide or glimepiride, for example, alcohol can increase the chances of low blood glucose. Therefore, it’s best to enjoy your drink with a meal or snack to lessen that risk. Guidelines for alcohol for men suggest no more than two drinks per day, and for women, no more than one drink per day. A “drink” is defined as 5 ounces of wine, 12 ounces of beer or 1 ½ ounces of hard liquor (rum, whiskey, vodka).