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Alcohol Use and People with Diabetes

Alcohol and diabetes

Drinking alcohol can lower blood sugar levels to the point of low blood sugar (hypoglycemia), causing serious symptoms. Keep careful track of your blood sugar (glucose) levels when drinking alcohol. This is important because some diabetes medicines, including insulin, also lower blood sugar levels. If blood sugar levels are too low, or if your stomach is empty, don't drink alcohol. Drinking alcohol can weaken your body's ability to recover from low blood sugar episodes. It may also decrease your