How much Alcohol can I consume?

Updated on August 9, 2016 in Diabetes Management
9 on April 6, 2016

How much Alcohol can I consume?

Hi all,

please excuse im new to forum.

Can someone please tell me how many units of alcohol is acceptable per week with type 2 diabetes? My doc has changed my tablets and reading sheet inside box frightens me i dont go over board but i like a few pints

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0 on April 6, 2016

I am not sure what is considered acceptable. I am type 1, and with alcohol my blood sugars will increase but afterwards they will drop fast. So the most important thing to remember is that the levels will drop so eat a snack and make sure to check.

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2 on April 6, 2016

Thanks for info Hemant

but unlike you a and lot more on forum  i do not take readings like sugar or blood levels im only on tablets this is why im worried about units im allowed

on April 6, 2016

Oh well it wouldn’t hurt for you to get a glucose monitor it would probably put your mind at ease for where your sugar levels are. Maybe you should look into getting one.

on April 6, 2016

I agree, do get a monitor.

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0 on April 6, 2016

You have to watch it real close can go up and down real fast when you drink have had bad downs. Eat before or you will feel real bad.

thats what I have learned don’t over do.

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1 on April 7, 2016

Hi try to drink eg dry wines or pure distilled alcohol like whisky Vodka – more important is to “feed” the alcohol to avoid lows.  This means always eat something when you drink alcohol. 
Also remember to check your blood sugar before sleeping and eat one more snack as alcohol brings you otherwise in low again. 
Alcohol which has still Sugar inside like “sweet” wine , beer, liqueur pushes up your blood sugar.  
Alcohol should be for enjoyment/ enhance the food  not to get drunk- so take it in moderation

on April 8, 2016

Very rightly said! :)

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0 on June 13, 2016

Thanks all of you, whats the best thing to eat when it goes down considering I always have a headache.

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0 on June 13, 2016

I do not understand why you have a headache if you drink good wine or wodga you do not get a headache and if you drink it to enjoy not to get drunk -it should consumed eg italian food red dry wine

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