Can I still drink liquor? If so, then how? Any safety measures? I am 19, I was diagnosed with diabetes and high blood pressure last November 2012. Since then, I brought myself to a healthy lifestyle and improved my blood sugar from 250 to 147. I had mild stroke last October 2012, but it hasn't occurred again since my diet changes.

Amy Campbell


First, please remember that the legal drinking age in the United States is 21. Second, given the health issues that you’ve experienced, it’s best to talk with your healthcare provider about the safety of drinking alcohol. Alcohol may lower blood glucose levels, and this is a concern if you take insulin or certain types of diabetes pills. For this reason, it’s recommended that you eat something if you do drink alcohol. Also, guidelines for alcohol use for people with diabetes are no more than two drinks per day for men and no more than one drink per day for women. A “drink” is considered to be 12 ounces of beer, 5 ounces of wine, or 1 ½ ounces of hard liquor. It’s also best to avoid or at least limit mixed drinks that may contain a lot of carbohydrate, such as margaritas, pina coladas or mudslides, for example.

May 9, 2013 at 6:24 pm

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meadowrose 2013-06-27 20:21:25 -0500 Report

I've read that diabetics shouldn't drink alcohol at all, which kind of upset me, as I will drink a wine cooler once or twice a year. My doctor okayed that, as long as it wasn't more than once a year. So, have already had my one for 2013! :)