Here are a few important alcohol consumption guidelines that could be very useful for diabetics:
Drinks low in sugar
Select drinks that are lower in total alcohol and sugar content. If you use mixers in your drinks, choose ones that are sugar free, such as diet soft drinks, club soda, lime juice, or plain water. Avoid “sugary” mixed drinks, fruit juices, sweet wines, tonic water or cordials.
Light beer and dry wines
Light beer and dry wines are good choices as they have less alcohol and carbohydrates. If you are a social drinker, try a “virgin” Bloody Mary or mocktails made without alcohol in between glasses of red wine.
Don’t drink on empty stomach
Never drink on an empty stomach or after a rigorous workout. It is advisable to check your blood sugar before you go to sleep and eat a snack at bedtime to avoid a low blood sugar reaction while you sleep.
Remember, there is a drinking limit
Limit yourself to 1 drink if you’re a woman or 2 drinks if you are a man and remember to drink slowly, enjoying each sip. In any case, do not drink more than two glasses of alcohol in a day.
Drink lots of water
Drinking alcohol dehydrates your system, so ensure an optimum intake of at least 10- 12 glasses of water, the next day, to rehydrate and flush out toxins.
Check with your health care provider to see if it’s OK to combine alcohol with your particular combination of blood sugar lowering medications.
For people with diabetes, drinking too much alcohol will not only leave them with a hangover the next day, but binge drinking and/or drinking more than the recommended intake on a regular basis may also cause long-term damage to the body’s internal organs while aggravating the risk to diabetes related problems.