Diabetes and Alcohol
Do you drink alcohol? Do you know how it affects your blood sugar? Here’s some fantastic advice from community member Ane on how to deal with drinking and diabetes:
I’m a second year student in Stellenbosch, which is not very helpful with all the beautiful wineries etc here for a type 1. I do, however, prefer to either drink nothing or drink something I know will not have an impact on my sugars too much. The problem with alcohol is it makes your sugar drop rapidly when too much alcohol is in the blood without sufficient carbs to keep levels stable. This is a confusing concept since 275ml of beer = 5 slices of white bread = carb overload!
➡ Do not drink cocktails. Nor shots. Ever. Try to avoid cloudy drinks as well.
➡ I would recommend not drinking and drinking Coke Light or water (much much cheaper) or if you have to drink and want to, have some whiskey or champ. (Whiskey is your best option, and champagne is regarded the best type of drink for ladies with Type 1 diabetes.)
➡ Always always have a friend with you that will not get drunk. In the (hopefully) unlikely event of a hypo, people will think you are drunk since it looks 100% the same in a club at 02:00..
➡ Keep carbs with you at all times, and never drink on a empty stomach.
➡ Set alarms in the morning to make sure that you don’t get a hypo. Rather little higher than too low.
➡ Wear something to say that you have type 1 diabetes..
Remember, we are all curious at some point in time about alcohol (and a lot of other things that have an influence on our levels) We try things, make mistakes, learn and educate others. Everyone is different, this is my opinion since I have experience.. Hope it helps!