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Thursday, July 17, 2008 Bonie, Community Member, asks

Q: How bad is beer for diabetics?

Need to know how bad drinking beer is for someone who is a diabetic.  My boyfriend is diabetic and drinks beer alot.

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Massagemaniac, Community Member
1/22/09 3:20pm

Hi Bonie :

Alcohol can lower blood sugar.  If your bf is on meds, or insulin, then he should discuss alcohol use with his doctor.  And/orr maybe test to see how it affects him.   Also, it is best to eat something when drinking.   I am not on meds (just low carb diet), and I drink Mich Ultra or wine in "moderation".  Mich Ultra is low carb and is a better choice than say, regular beers.   Remember the alcohol still has to be processed by the liver.  There can be serious considerations, even deadly complications when drinking too much with the medicine "metformin".   If in doubt, your bf should ask his doctor.  If bf is not on meds, alcohol consumed intelligently should be fine.  But, if mixed with meds, well, that's when you need more info.     

Linda, Community Member
7/17/08 7:01pm

I understand drinking alot of beer can make your sugar go too low.He should be careful,plus ask his physician about it if u go with him.Linda

Meg, the Noob, Community Member
7/18/08 5:47am

Linda is correct, alcohol can lower your blood glucose, leading to hypoglycemia.  On the other hand, beer also contains carbohydrates, which get turned into blood glucose raising your BG level.  So with dirnking you need to balance the alcohol with the amount of carbs you are taking in.  I found this website ( with the carb content of different beers.  A slice of bread is equal to 15 grams of carbs, so a 100 ounce serving of Millers is roughly equivalent to eating a slice of bread.  Switching to a "lite" beer might be a good idea - for example Millers Lite only has 3.2 grams of carbs.

paulac, Community Member
1/22/09 9:48pm

I drink beer and it doesn't affect my gluclose levels.  I run about a 5 A1c.  Guess everybody's different though

12345, Community Member
4/ 7/10 11:20pm

he will die very soon. no doubt about it.

JJDJ, Community Member
4/10/10 5:45pm

I am 27 now and have been diabetic for about ten years - while at uni I was carefree, careless and stupid. I drank an absurdly large amount - mostly beer. There were always risks with low sugar levels and hypos, and these effects mostly occurred the next day. I often had hypos, mostly minor ones but occasionally they were more serious and involved fits. But overall my sugar levels were fine - averaging about 6 or 7 so I carried on binge drinking. 


And now I regret it all. I feel like I have put my brain through a tumble dryer; killed a huge amount of braincells, and have lost about ten IQ points according to a recent test I did. I used to be quite smart but now I am really really slow! They say the effects of hypoglycaemic fits are rarely cumulative and that it's just one bad occurrence that can give you serious brain damage. 

I don't know when this might have happened and have no concrete evidence to support the claim that it was alcohol or hypos that screwed my mind up, but I know it's true. 


So my advice is - be very wary. Don't think that having a once off heavy drinking session is ok just because you don't do it very often. Drink a few drinks every so often fine... but you can't binge drink. Accept that and enjoy the rest of your life. 




Stormee, Community Member
4/23/12 8:38pm

There is no doubt you know nothing about diabetes and your an idiot for making that kind of comment.  Where did you come from?  Get real!!!!

Phillip, Community Member
12/ 8/10 12:50am

Beer containing suger is bad for people with diabetes.

fast al, Community Member
2/16/11 6:51am

there is very little suger in beer about 8 grms i beleive

Mitchelene Thomas, Community Member
12/14/10 12:57pm

is beer bad for diabetics?


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