Do's and Don'ts For Alcohol Consumption In Diabetes

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Do's and Don'ts For Alcohol Consumption In Diabetes

Do's and Don'ts For Alcohol Consumption In Diabetes

Managing Diabetes
Do's and Don'ts For Alcohol Consumption In Diabetes

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Diabetes

Do's and Don'ts For Alcohol Consumption In Diabetes

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Do's

  • Consume alcohol in moderate amount.
    (1 drink for women and up to 2 drinks for men)2
  • To decrease the chances of hypoglycaemia, check your blood glucose levels before going to bed.1
  • Mix non-alcoholic drinks like soda water to alcoholic drinks like hiskey, rum, vodka, gin etc. to reduce alcohol content2
  • Go for low-alcohol (not low carb) beers, wines etc.3
  • Eat carbohydrate containing meal (pasta, bread, potato etc.) before drinking alcohol. If you drink on empty stomach, liver will stop producing glucose, increasing chances of hypoglycaemia1
  • Go for well-balanced diet and exercises to prevent complications associated with alcohol consumption in diabetes such as weight gain, blood pressure etc.4
  • Eat jelly beans, glucose tablets etc. in case you have hypoglycaemia.1
  • Aim to have regular alcohol free days3

Dont's

  • Do not drink more than 4 standard drinks during single occasion.1
  • Never stop taking insulin in order to prevent hypoglycaemia while drinking3
  • Never drink alone. Accompany your friends and make sure they know about diabetes and what to do in hypoglycaemia like situation1
  • Do not drink alcoholic drinks at one go. Sip them slowly3
  • Do not forget to eat snack before going to bed as alcohol affects blood glucose levels.1
  • Do not drink alcohol after vigorous excercise3
  • Do not forget to carry some form of diabetes identification in case you have hypoglycaemia2,3
  • Avoid sweet drinks such as regular soft-drink mixtures, sweet liqueurs and pre-mixed alcoholic beverages.3

 

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References

  1. Diabetes Australia Available at https://static.diabetesaustralia.com.au/s/fileassets/diabetes-australia/a956cdaa-b77c-466e-9772-f265ec83183f.pdf Accessed on 15th January, 2019
  2. American Diabetes Association https://www.diabetes.org/food-and-fitness/food/what-can-i-eat/making-healthy-food-choices/alcohol.html Accessed on 15th January, 2019
  3. Diabetes Australia Available at https://static.diabetesaustralia.com.au/s/fileassets/diabetes-australia/1efbdb03-be43-440f-b11d-e58a1ca3818d.pdf Accessed on 15th January, 2019
  4. Treating Comorbid Diabetes & Alcoholism Available at https://www.alcohol.org/comorbid/diabetes-and-alcoholism/ Accessed on 15th January, 2019