We're almost there!

Our launch date for the new TuDiabetes website has been moved back 24 hours

When you log into TuDiabetes tomorrow (April 21st) you will find yourself in our new home!

If you want to join the TuDiabetes community please send an e-mail to TuDiabetesAdmin@gmail.com. We will send you an invitation to join after the migration is completed.

Read about the migration and see images of the new site!

Hello; could anyone tell me if it's not allow to drink alcohol if you have diabetic type2?

Views: 37

Comment by karebear1966 on June 10, 2011 at 3:36pm
One drink will not hurt you. Anymore than that, and your asking for trouble.
Comment by MossDog on June 10, 2011 at 4:38pm
It really depends on what meds you take and what you are drinking. Regualr beer and mixed drinks not made from sugar free mixers have carbohydrates in them so can raise your blood sugar. Light beer and hard alcohol alone have no to little carbs so they won't typically raise your blood sugar too much. Wines vary in their carbohydrate content. Another thing to keep in mind is those on insulin and sometimes sulfonylureas will have a higher propensity towards nocturnal hypoglycemia. If this is the case you should always check your blood sugar before sleeping and eat a small snack if needed.
Comment by BMD on June 10, 2011 at 8:28pm
Etramon, the short answer is yes; a T2 can drink alcohol. I drank a beer with my dinner tonight, and I'm a T2. However, all alcohol isn't equal, AND you have to take into consideration what oral medications for diabetes that you are taking. If you are taking oral medications, you have to be extra careful because some of them do not work the same way when you consume alcohol. If you do decide to drink, you need to know what you're consuming and how your body responds.

I had a Blue Moon beer which is has 13.7g of carbohydrates per 12 ounce beer. I also am only on insulin, and I know I can handle a beer without my BGL going bonkers.

As for yourself, MossDog has offered great advice: know what you're drinking; check yoru BGL after you drink, and adjust accordingly.
Comment by latvianchick on June 11, 2011 at 12:32am
You can drink alcohol even with type 2 but it is vital that you do so with a snack and in moderation and keep checking your blood sugar levels. Perversely alcohol can lower the blood sugars (though to taste it, you would think that it would be packed with sugar.) with some of the medications that a type 2 might take - namely gliclazide, metformin or whatever.

The danger with drinking and diabetes is that you might be having a low and act and smell drunk, and because you smell of it observers often put two and two togethe and make five!

Whoever told you that you can never drink again has issues with their drinking or others drinking and that is just their opinion. Better to experiment at home - with a friend present - and see how you react.

I had a drink problem - and I was wrongly diagnosed with Type 2 and found that I reacted to it, so made the conscious decision to stop. That was my decision and nobody else could make that decision for me. 7 years dry! Whoopee! My mother on the other hand is in denial and drinking for the two of us!
Comment by Peetie on June 11, 2011 at 6:01am
I have Type 2 with the "Dawn Effect" which means high morning sugar count. I find that, if I have 2 glasses of wine in the evening, the sugar count is much better in the morning. It's the only thing that works for me. I'm overweight so this fact probably affects the amount I can drink. I always check for a low sugar count on the label.
Comment by Cyndi P on June 11, 2011 at 2:45pm
I have type 1 and have been a serious to casual drinker most of my adult life. One Major thing you must do is drink plenty of water while you're drinking and for a while after you stop. One of the main probs diabetics have when drinking is dehydration. It'll take you down quick. When I became drinking age, my doctor told me that I must drink water when I drink alcohol-any kind of alcohol. And of course, in moderation. Follow this advice and that of the others and you should do fine.
Comment by JaninaWalker on June 11, 2011 at 7:44pm
I've made wine since 1997 and I always make red wine these days, but the last time was in Feb 2009 and those two batches are still being used in three years. I purposely don't get any bottles out of the locker because my main concern is the weight gain effect.
However, the effect of putting me to sleep is handy, but Metformin is lower cal way to do that.
The reason the blood sugar is lower then usual in the morning is because when the liver is busy detoxifying the alcohol it doesn't release from the glycogen stores in the liver.


You need to be a member of Diabetes community by Diabetes Hands Foundation: TuDiabetes to add comments!

Join Diabetes community by Diabetes Hands Foundation: TuDiabetes



From the Diabetes Hands Foundation blog...

DHF Joins Diabetes Advocacy Alliance

Diabetes Hands Foundation is incredibly honored to join the Diabetes Advocacy Alliance, an organization with the drive and potential to affect a powerful, positive impact on diabetes and healthcare policy. Diabetes Advocacy Alliance is a 20-member coalition of leading professional Read on! →

Helmsley Charitable Trust Renews Support for DHF

HELMSLEY CHARITABLE TRUST GRANTS SUPPORT TO DIABETES HANDS FOUNDATION FOR FOURTH YEAR  Funding in 2015 to support major transitions in programs and leadership at Diabetes Hands Foundation BERKELEY, CA: February 18, 2015 – The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Read on! →

Diabetes Hands Foundation Team


Melissa Lee
(Interim Executive Director, Editor, has type 1)

Manny Hernandez
(Co-Founder, has LADA)

Emily Coles (Head of Communities, has type 1)

Mila Ferrer
(EsTuDiabetes Community Manager, mother of a child with type 1)

Mike Lawson
(Head of Experience, has type 1)

Corinna Cornejo
(Director of Operations and Development, has type 2)

Desiree Johnson  (Administrative and Programs Assistant, has type 1)


Lead Administrator

Brian (bsc) (has type 2)


Lorraine (mother of type 1)
Marie B (has type 1)

DanP (has Type 1)

Gary (has type 2)

David (has type 2)


LIKE us on Facebook

Spread the word


This website is certified by Health On the Net Foundation. Click to verify. This site complies with the HONcode standard for trustworthy health information: verify here.

© 2015   A community of people touched by diabetes, run by the Diabetes Hands Foundation.

Badges  |  Contact Us  |  Terms of Service