Diabetes management is about monitoring and managing your blood sugar level. You should only drink alcohol if your blood glucose level is well-controlled.
You can drink alcohol if your blood sugar level is well controlled. Check with your doctor to see if it is okay for you to drink alcohol. If you do drink, take the following precautions
If you have diabetes and you drink alcohol, you are at risk of getting hypoglycaemia or low blood glucose. This is especially if you drink on an empty stomach after taking your diabetes medicine or insulin. Besides, the effects of alcohol are similar to signs of low blood glucose or low blood sugar level. Therefore, low blood glucose may be mistaken for the effects of alcohol and be ignored.
It is important to let your friends and family members know that you are on diabetes treatment, and tell them that the effects of low blood glucose and alcohol may be similar.
Do not drink more than one standard drink per day. Remember - all types of alcoholic beverages are high in calories. They may interfere with your meal plan and blood glucose control, especially when you are taking medicines or insulin for your diabetes.
A standard drink contains 10g of alcohol. Examples are:
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This article was last reviewed on
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