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Old 12-20-2012, 07:27   #1
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(Type 1) I have been a diabetic for many years and I have had a couple drinks before. They either make my blood sugar go high or low, but usually it has been ok.. but I have never had more than 1 and a half or maybe 2 at a time. I just turned 21 a few months ago and for NYE my best friend and I will be going to an event where there will be an open bar. I want to be able to drink safely, and not worry so much about getting sick. How is an acceptable amount and if I space the drinks out a lot can I have a little more than I ever would normally? I just want to have fun with out worrying, not that I want to be black out drunk or even really drunk. So don't think it's that. Just not sure which drinks to definitely stay away from and which are better than others. Any advice from other diabetics?

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Old 12-20-2012, 07:29   #2
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Also, when I say I have had drinks before I did have one really bad experience but it was when I was overseas with european family. I was only 15 and I had a seizure the morning after drinking red wine, but I have never drank that again and have been fine with white wine and some beer with constant glucose monitoring. I neglected checking my sugars in my teens, not like I am now. The info regarding drinking with diabetes is really confusing!

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Alcohol will slow your liver down from producing glucose if the drinks are low carb it will have a BG lowering effect. Beer (high carb) for example will raise it intially, lower for a period then raise it again. I think the best plan would be stick with low carb drinks and adjust you insulin appropriately, you may want to test how drinks affect you between now and then, but be carefull some other T1s here may have some experience they can share

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The secret will be to test! Carry a test kit that's a convenient size and make sure you have glucose tablets on you. Make sure the people you're with know what to watch for if you go low. I've had one drink per hour (the amount the average person will "work off") and been fine, but then I'm type 2.

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Cool, yeah I like beer which is usually the one that spikes me and then does make me low and the highs are no fun so I'll probably have something LC instead. I guess I will stake out a bathroom at the start and just go check in there Thanks everyone.

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I'm not a Type 1 and I've never been on insulin, so I don't know how accurate this article is, but I found it interesting reading:

D-Teens and Alcohol: No Bull from Uncle Wil : DiabetesMine: the all things diabetes blog

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I'm not a Type 1 and I've never been on insulin, so I don't know how accurate this article is, but I found it interesting reading:

D-Teens and Alcohol: No Bull from Uncle Wil : DiabetesMine: the all things diabetes blog
Basically sounds like what I have been doing. I suspend my pump (for a few minutes) if I feel low, give a lot less than i would if I feel like Ive had too many carbs (tend to eat a lot when "buzzed" heh) and check usually in the bathroom wherever I am a few times. So I guess there is no magical way to safety but that article gave me some good insights.

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