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Old 04-26-2014, 18:41   #1
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I don't drink much. I do probably have one drink about every 2 weeks. That is 2 drinks per month. It does not seem to raise my blood sugar. They say alcohol actually lowers BG somewhat bc the liver is busy trying to process the alcohol.

My question is-- is it ok to have a drink every once in a while? How many ppl here drink? I know too much alcohol is bad.

Drink = just one oz of crown royal liquor. This liquor is actually so expensive, you can't afford to drink it more than a few times a month. LOL

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As you say alcohol is a poison - but in moderation, it tastes nice.

First consideration. On medication? Absolute rule - double check whether it is safe to drink and drug!! Sometimes it makes a difference.

Then, you're down to the same considerations as any other intake. What does your meter tell you?

I rarely have spirits but a glass of red wine is almost a fixture with my evening meal and on special occasions, I'll have a brandy. No mixers though since they've either got sugar or sweetener in them.

Beer I don't touch - too much carb.

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I had a glass (likely a double or maybe a triple, the way it was poured) of bourbon on the rocks the other day. It seemed to stop my body from making BG for a few hours. Meaning, my BG dropped slowly by about 10 or 15 points over maybe a 3 hour period, instead of maintain its recent 'normal level' of about 85. Kind of a reverse-DP, which seems to make sense.

I've been a bit paranoid about low blood sugar recently, so its something I'll not be repeating much. It was good to see I could tolerate a drink though.

I much prefer red wine, but sadly, it's off my diet entirely for now.

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Thanks John.in.France and sleepies. Yeah, I even asked my doctor once and he said it was ok. Does not seem to effect my BG except lower it slightly. I don't do if often but it is a nice little treat from time to time. Hope you guys are enjoying your weekend.

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Thanks John.in.France and sleepies. Yeah, I even asked my doctor once and he said it was ok. Does not seem to effect my BG except lower it slightly. I don't do if often but it is a nice little treat from time to time. Hope you guys are enjoying your weekend.
Make sure you test. I have found that different types effect me differently. Even differences just between brands, such as a merlot from brand A compared to brand B can cause spikes.

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Overdrive, I noted that you take Valium and it can be very bad coupled with alcohol I know personally from years ago.




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I had a coworker explain that since a bottle of wine is made of glass he was fine drinking one glass of wine a day.

Honestly moderation is the key. You can hit a low while drinking. A few shots of vodka can get me in the 80's

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Make sure you test. I have found that different types effect me differently. Even differences just between brands, such as a merlot from brand A compared to brand B can cause spikes.

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Very very good point. Modern chemical technology uses a whole lot additives to correct wine making faults [including poor quality grapes].

Anybody who thinks that wine is just fermented grape juice is in for real shock if they delve into the world of the modern mass produced product. It has become the art of tart. As in "tarting up" in case my english is a bit honky tonky.

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I liked "the art of the tart". May borrow that one some time.

I read alcohol pretty much stops the liver from doing anything else except processing said drink. So, BG falls because very little/no new BG is added while the liver is busy working on that.

I really like red wine or whiskey and water. Love pairing wines with foods. I think a drink is a very pleasant occasional treat (and watching what it does to my BG is kinda interesting).

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I liked "the art of the tart". May borrow that one some time. I read alcohol pretty much stops the liver from doing anything else except processing said drink. So, BG falls because very little/no new BG is added while the liver is busy working on that. I really like red wine or whiskey and water. Love pairing wines with foods. I think a drink is a very pleasant occasional treat (and watching what it does to my BG is kinda interesting).
Alcohol may stop the liver, but not the glucose contained within the wines. I went from low 70s straight up to 180s on one glass of wine a week ago. The wines was of the same "type" I had drank before with lowering effects, but different company. Quick 45 minute walk and I was down to 81, so probably nothing more than a lesson learned...avoid that company got me

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