Back to Ask the Diabetes Team Ask the Diabetes Team

From Canberra, Australia:

I have type 1 diabetes, and I love dry white and dry red wine, generally drink two to three glasses per day, but at least once a week, this jumps to three or four glasses. Are the long term effects of alcohol going to be more serious than for someone who doesn't have diabetes?


There are some additional issues to consider. First, it sounds like you drink in moderation. The effects on the liver are probably similar to people without diabetes who drink similar amounts. The exception to this may be a condition known as nonalcoholic fatty liver disease [also called NASH, an acronym for non-alcoholic steatohepatitis] which occurs more commonly in patients with type 2 diabetes. However, the pharmacologic effect of the alcohol to lower your blood sugar four to five hours later requires you take safeguards to prevent severe nocturnal hypoglycemia. You can do this by eating something before bed to ensure the sugar will not get too low.


Original posting 5 Sep 2001
Posted to Meal Planning, Food and Diet


  Back to Ask the Diabetes Team Return to the Top of This Page

Last Updated: Tuesday April 06, 2010 15:09:26
This Internet site provides information of a general nature and is designed for educational purposes only. If you have any concerns about your own health or the health of your child, you should always consult with a physician or other health care professional.

This site is published by T-1 Today, Inc. (d/b/a Children with Diabetes), a 501c3 not-for-profit organization, which is responsible for its contents. Our mission is to provide education and support to families living with type 1 diabetes.
By using this site, you agree to our Terms of Use, Legal Notice, and Privacy Policy.
© Children with Diabetes, Inc. 1995-2018. Comments and Feedback.