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Managing blood sugar with alcohol

Discussion in 'Diabetes Discussions' started by Gbudge, Mar 11, 2013.

  1. Gbudge

    Gbudge · Newbie

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    I have type 1 diabetes. I don't drink much but when I do go out I make a meal of it. Just wondering if anyone has any tips on managing blood sugar levels because when I test in the morning it can range from 4 to mid 20s. I usually drink the same (pints then towards the end of the night vodka mixers).


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  2. blueeyed81

    blueeyed81 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Hi, if you can download the carbs and cals app to your phone its great for working out carbs I use it whenever im not sure of anything, its not free but is well worth it

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  3. Diabetick

    Diabetick · Member

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    Make sure after drinking get someone to feed you something high in carbs wich wi soak up all the sugars also drink plenty of water


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    Always eat something before you go to sleep. Helps with sugar levels and the hangover in the morning!


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  5. carandol

    carandol Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    It depends what you drink. A gin and slim line tonic has no carbs and will bring your blood sugar down. A pint of vintage cider has the same carbs as a large bowl of porridge, and a few of those will almost certainly send your BS rocketing!

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  6. Chrisspiller

    Chrisspiller Type 2 · Active Member

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    This is a great topic! I'm doing my research properly sitting here enjoying my 18 year old Laphroaig! I also take on board the carbs advice and may have to have a dinner kebab later (purely medicinal of course!)


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    Alasdair Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Superb choice! :clap:
     
  8. Chrisspiller

    Chrisspiller Type 2 · Active Member

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    Alasdair Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    The laphroaig of course, particularly the 18, the 12 is too peaty for my palette

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  10. Chrisspiller

    Chrisspiller Type 2 · Active Member

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    I'm a big fan of peaty Whiskies, however, I love Highland and Speyside Whiskies as well. I also find that a small Whisky or two after dinner has a beneficial affect on my blood sugars, I never have too much, certainly well within the government guidelines, and only a couple of times a week, but it seems to help!


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  11. MCMLXXIII

    MCMLXXIII Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Dalwhinnie;) ( when flushed)
    Aldi speyside ( the usual suspect).
     
  12. Alasdair

    Alasdair Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    I have never had a probable with alcohol just enjoy it like anyone else... Last time I went out I was drinking a wide range of things but a lot of it was vodka and also I was taking shot.... Just eat before and what I do is keep some type of sweets in your pocket and kept to vodka or cider,, beer never goes will with me


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  14. zolabud

    zolabud Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I have found Vodka and slimline or Gin and slimline a refreshing change from Brandy and Orange juice which obviously doesn't help my BG...

    I didn't like Vodka (my pisshead partner used to drink it) and my Mum used to drink Gin.... *Shudder*... Bad memories of both.

    But now I quite like them .....
     
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    Vodka ans soda - ****** all carbs ! ( sod the partner ! )
    Oh and some freshly squeezed lime juice....
     
  16. Mel24

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    I advise to always eat when drinking I had the misfortune of drinking vodka and black current but left it too late to eat as one minute was walking home and the next I was in an ambulance recovering from a fit from low blood sugar... That was when I was sixteen... Now I always have something in my purse to snack on when drinking.


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    jake60 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    The way I understand this illness so far is I've had to move onto the hard stuff.
    No more pints or bottles of wine ... Vodka all the way or a nice Irish.
     
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    anna29 Type 2 · Well-Known Member
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    Hi All .

    Hope you don't mind but I have relocated this thread into here .
    As given the topic discussion its better suited here .

    Thanks Anna.
     
  19. ElyDave

    ElyDave Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Bhunahbain for me, or Woodforde Reserve Bourbon,
    If it's a while between duty free trips then I favour the Sainsbury's own brand single malts

    I could be persuaded into a dalwhinnie or a glenkinchie or..... at the right time of day though
     
  20. Muir

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    In the same boat as whisky lovers.
    Any manner really...can't distinguish the palate of an 7£ Aldi bottle to that of a 20yo Glenlivet :lol:
    Cola goes great with whisky too imo.
     
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