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Moderate amounts of alcohol can be included in the diabetic diet without upsetting good control. If your diabetes is controlled by insulin or tablets you must take extra care because alcohol lowers blood sugar levels and may cause a “hypo”. Sensible use of alcohol means no more than 2-3 units of alcohol per day.
Never drink on an empty stomach.
It is important for diabetics taking insulin or tablets to take extra carbohydrate (starch) with or after drinking alcohol to prevent a “hypo” later. ALWAYS have a small bed-time snack if you have had a drink in the evening, eg wholemeal bread, cereals or biscuits are recommended.The risk of hypoglycaemia can last many hours after taking alcohol. Continue to be aware of “hypo” symptoms the following day.
These drinks are not recommended. They have a higher alcohol content then ordinary beer or lager. They are often referred to as “Pils” lagers.
These are not advisable to take as they have a high alcohol content, containing 3-4 units of alcohol per pint. “Hypos” are more likely to occur after their consumption - care must be taken.
Avoid using ordinary mixers. If they are combined with alcohol they can trigger a “hypo”. Use sugar-free “low calorie” or “diet” mixers, eg
If you require further help/advice your Doctor can refer you to a Dietitian.