Alcohol With Diabetes

(DunnwithT1) #1

I was just curious how you all deal with the temptation of alcohol while being diabetic. I know its dangerous for us to drink. Personally I can’t drink alcohol due to another condition called pancreatic divisum and combined with diabetes adding alcohol is a very lethal mix. I’ve just been finding it hard to say no because I want to try it but can’t. For now I use being underage as my excuse for why I’m not drinking but that won’t last forever. And trying to explain you can’t drink for medical reasons to drunk people is excruciatingly hard. Luckily I don’t encounter alcohol very often in my friend group. Idk does anyone else have any problems dealing with this? Maybe my perception is skewed due to my other condition and its not as dangerous as I think it is for T1s to drink.

(Dennis J. Dacey, PWD) #2

Hi Caleb @DunnwithT1,

It sounds as if staying away from alcohol might be best for you - the safe approach.

Over the years, there have been several discussions about how to “safely” consume SOME moderate amounts of alcohol. Use the search, but here is a link from about one year ago.

Good luck with your new college life!

(earl) #3

Hi man. Just remember that your real truest friends will not force you to drink or make you feel out of place because you do not consume alcohol. if you don’t wanna, you don’t wanna. tough shit for them. I used to drink until one day my BG dropped to 11mg/dl… your friends wouldn’t even know what to do if that happened to you. just be safe whatever it is you decide.

Take care,


(flebeccaann) #4

Hi Caleb,

I’ve had T1D for 14 years and recently turned 21. Alcohol definitely does some weird things to my blood sugars, but I had to do trial and error to really figure out what worked for my body. One way I drink safely is by being in a group where at least one person will know what to do if my blood sugar gets dangerously low or high. Also, when I was still figuring out what my blood sugars would do, I would only have a couple of drinks at a time and not go too hard on drinking.

I’m part of the College Diabetes Network chapter on my campus and it’s a group of people with diabetes. We all get together and talk about diabetes and college and the various challenges we face. CDN has a page just for info on alcohol and diabetes. If you’re interested here is the link:

Overall, CDN has some really awesome resources that helped me answer some of these tough questions about diabetes and college life. I hope this helps!