Alcohol & Diabetes: What You Should Know

Having diabetes does not mean you have to give up alcohol – not if your diabetes is well controlled. In fact, adults with diabetes should follow the same guidelines as the general public. Do not drink alcohol on an empty stomach. Have a small meal or snack before drinking. Limit alcohol to 1 to 2 drinks per day. 
However, there are some potential risks to keep in mind.

Hypoglycemia

When diabetes is well controlled, blood glucose levels are not significantly affected by the moderate use of alcohol. But drinking more than three drinks per day over time is associated with worsening glucose control.