Alcohol and Diabetes

Having diabetes [May be Type 1 or Type 2 Diabetes] it doesn’t mean that alcohol should be taken off. You may have certain questions in the mind like:

  •     #  Does my favorable Wine glass would rise blood sugar level?
  •    # Will a Beer can permanently deleted from diabetic diet plan?

  •    # Can I drink alcohol?


These are some of the questions people with diabetes ask their health care providers after being diagnosed with diabetes.

The answer differs based on your health status, and diabetes medications you are taking as a diabetes treatment to control your Blood sugar level.Diabetes Care

In general, experts recommend that, people with diabetes can drink alcohol in moderation without compromising their health and blood sugar level.

In fact, you may surprise to know that, there are a some health benefits of regular moderate alcohol drinking. Here are some of the expertise advice on drinking alcohol with diabetes.

How Much Alcohol Is Too Much?


Diabetes person can drink alcohol and to follow the same guidelines applicable to Non-diabetic, as recommended standard proportion is two drinks per day for men, and one drink per day for women.

Diabetes information includes the Adults, with or without diabetes, should always avoid drinking more than three drinks in any single day.

However, drinking more than three drinks per day over time can creates difficulties in blood sugar control.

A Drink or serving size:


  • 12 ounces [1 once equal to 30 ml] of regular or light beer
  • 5 ounces of wine 
  • 1-1/2 ounces of distilled spirits (such as scotch, gin, rum, or whiskey, consumed lonely or within a mixed drink)
  • 1-1/2 ounces of alcohol

Alcoholic drinks are made from grains or fruits (starches or sugars) in the processes of fermentation and distillation, alcohol cannot be changed into glucose. Also, alcohol is the only food which doesn’t require insulin to be broken down for energy carbohydrate, protein, and fat.

Health Benefits of Alcohol                 Health benifits of Wine Alcohol


Moderate intake of alcohol delivers some health benefits. It can decrease the risk of heart disease up-to 30 to 50 percent and decrease in the risk of death from heart disease up-to 50 to 80 percent.

# Improves HDL (good) cholesterol:

One study suggest that, alcohol can shows beneficial effects on improving HDL (good) cholesterol, Studies further suggest that one to two alcoholic drinks a day (beer, wine, or spirits) increases HDL an average of 12 percent.

However, this benefit of improving HDL goes wasted if a person increases his weight.

# Increases Insulin Sensitivity:

Some of the studies have shown that, the diabetes person might experience a little improvement in their insulin sensitivity with moderate consumption of alcohol, it means the body will make more efficient use of the insulin.

# Alcohol and Diabetes Medications:

Commonly used Sugar-lowering medications in type 2 diabetes today generally do not cause hypoglycemia. The effects of insulin and other blood sugar lowering medications that work by increasing the body’s insulin release, can also increase the risk of hypoglycemia.