Alcohol & T1D

Sugar matters.

Just because you're diabetic doesn't mean you can't enjoy a drink. Whether you're a teenager at a house party, student at University, or perhaps someone who likes a red with a Netflix series, the influence of alcohol on blood glucose is something we as diabetics should be aware of. 

Not all alcohol is sugar free.

For a lot of young diabetics, this lesson may have been learnt the hard way. With the exception of most spirits, standard alcoholic drinks do tend to have a substantial carbohydrate content. 

Low carb 






Red wine

White wine 

Light beer 


High carb



Flavoured Alcohol

T1D & drinking.

Depending on the type of alcohol and how much you're consuming, you need to give your diabetes a bit more of your attention than normal. It's perfectly OK to drink alcohol in excess like any other person so long as you take the necessary steps to avoid a good night being ruined. 

It's annoying that diabetes sticks its foot in every aspect of our lives, including the social side. Unfortunately this is the card we've been given. Rather than ignoring your diabetes on a night out, co-operate with its demands to make your life easier. 

The simplest way to make your drinking session as safe and worry free as possible is to consume drinks that have little to no carbohydrate content. Mixing alcohol and insulin can be a dangerous game which can have some nasty consequences. To put your mind at ease and to make sure you enjoy your evening out, I would always recommend having spirits and diet mixers. If you're a G&T lover, always stick to slimline tonic.

Working out a bolus dose whilst under the infleunce is never an ideal situation, which is why I will nearly always stick to spirit & mixer. That being said, I do enjoy cocktails which often require insulin. Lean how I inject for alcohol and food when under the infleunce. 

Keeping safe with alcohol.

Alcohol can interfere with your blood glucose levels. Being drunk hides the symptoms of a hypo, which is a very dangerous situation to be in. Test regularly when drinking alcohol and make sure you eat something small before or during your session. 

Standard medical advice would be to drink in moderation and not seriously over do it. This expectation isn't realistic. Drinking as a diabetic can be dangerous if you don't take necessary precautions. Learn how I survived as a student who drank more than he should have.  

Diabetes, University & alcohol

Diabetes, University & alcohol



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