Drinking alcohol can lower blood sugar levels to the point of low blood sugar
(hypoglycemia), causing serious symptoms. Keep careful track of your blood sugar levels
when drinking alcohol. This is because certain diabetes medicines, including insulin,
also lower blood glucose levels. If blood glucose levels are too low, or if your stomach
is empty, don't drink alcohol.
symptoms for drunkenness and hypoglycemia are similar. Symptoms may include fatigue,
disorientation, and dizziness. To make sure you get proper medical care for
hypoglycemia, carry a card, wear an ID bracelet, or wear a necklace indicating that you
Alcohol sometimes can also cause blood glucose levels to rise. This is because of the
carbohydrates in certain drinks. Drinking alcohol while eating, or right before eating,
can cause blood sugar levels to rise. This may be dangerous. Monitor your blood sugar
closely before and after drinking alcohol.
you are using carbohydrate counting to adjust insulin doses, don't count the alcohol as
grams of carbohydrate.
you want to drink alcohol, check with your healthcare provider to see if it is safe for
you. Your healthcare provider or dietitian can also explain how to fit alcohol into your
diet plan. And finally, alcohol interacts with a number of medicines. If you already
drink, it is important to be honest about how often and how much you drink when talking
with your healthcare provider.
drive for several hours after you drink alcohol.