Advice on Alcohol

The same recommendations for the general public apply to people with diabetes. If you choose to drink alcohol, the daily limit should be one drink for adult women and two drinks for men.

What constitutes a drink? Either a 12-ounce beer, a 5- to 6-ounce glass of wine or 11/ ounces of a distilled spirit like gin or rum. It's very important that alcohol be consumed with food in order to reduce the risk of hypoglycemia, or low blood sugar. And when calculating your daily food plan, don't forget to count the alcohol as part of the day's calories.

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