To be brutally honest, I'm probably considered a recovering alcoholic at this point..but still an alcoholic. haha. I started drinking and smoking pot when I was 14, like most people at that age so i have a lot of experience with alcohol and diabetes. Every weekend I would drink and/or smoke. A mickey to myself of vodka usually each night, though I started off with cider.
When I turned 19, I was at the bar 3nights a week and then when i moved onto school full-time and two part-time jobs..to relax me and my roomie were back at the bar 3-5nights a week. I usually drink at least two nights a week still, fridays and saturdays..but more often than not, i'll have a beer as well a couple times a week(like as I type this and watch tv with the roomies). I've quit drinking on weeknights for teh most part(i don't really count one beer as drinking) as i work early in the morning Monday to Friday.
I drink mostly beer or double gin w/ OJs at home, followed by double gins w/ OJ, beer, shots of tequila and/or St. James(southern comfort, green bols, sprite with a bit of cranberry juice) at the bar. A couple nights a week, I will go to the pub for a beer or two with friends, or they come to my house.
On average on the weekends, I have no less than 3 double gin w/ OJs in a night. Usually at least 5 though. Sometimes I eat before hand, sometimes I eat a late snack in the afternoon and end up skipping dinner. If my blood sugar is already high, it takes me longer to get drunk than if my blood sugars are normal when I start drinking..so I usually give myself a correction dose and wait for it to come down if I'm high, before having my first drink.
Depending on what I drink, my blood sugar rises. I check consistently while drinking and I always take extra insulin before I start to cover the sugar I'm about to have. I can usually keep my blood sugars within decent range while drinking, unless I don't give myself enough insulin to begin with..but then I usually just give myself another shot. Of course, after a night of drinking, my blood sugar is always perfect haha.
I learnt early on by trial and error:
-straight hard alcohol(shots of tequila, vokda, whiskey) will make your blood sugar drop and usually FAST
-mixing hard alcohol with pop or juice(gin w/ oj, vodka w/ coke, etc) make your blood sugar go high
-beer generally will make your levels go higher as well because of the ingredients
-ciders and "bitch drinks" are the worst because they are pretty much pure sugar. i never drink them anymore because it takes twice the amount of insulin to cover the sugar, as when i drink gin w/ OJ.
my endo and family doctor know all this, and since i have no complications(*knock on wood*), my eyes are in perfect condition(my eye doctor has one of those fancy machines that takes a picture of the back of your eyes so they can look at your veins..and apparently mine look like a healthy adult who doesn't have diabetes woot), they aren't too concerned as long as i'm watching myself while doing it.