Is it okay to have a glass of red wine (pinot noir) with dinner?

Amy Campbell


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).

February 22, 2013 at 8:36 am

2 replies

lanykins 2013-03-25 23:25:56 -0500 Report

I am glad to know that, since I am on insulin, if I want a glass of wine I should do so when eating or at least have a snack while I am drinking it. I did not know this but am prone to low glucose drops and passing out. So this is excelllent to know since I do enjoy a glass of wine when I can afford to get one.

claudiam1 2013-03-24 16:09:09 -0500 Report

I can't have vodka, rum, tequila anymore.. I'm glad that I can still have a glass of wine or beer. It's a lifestyle change but quality of life is important. Dr. also said no chocolate and coffee or tea but I am having a great time with "white teas" and decaf coffee. You just have to adjust.