With your doctor's permission, you may enjoy alcohol in moderation. Moderation is defined as no more than one drink per day for women; no more than two drinks per day for men. Here are some guidelines for drinking alcohol for people with diabetes:

  • Check with your doctor before drinking any alcoholic beverages. Discuss the safety and possible side effects of mixing alcohol and your medicines.
  • Never drink on an empty stomach. Drink alcohol with food to avoid low blood sugar reactions.
  • Do not drink alcohol before, during, or after exercise.
  • Wear diabetes identification if drinking away from home in case of a low blood sugar reaction or any other emergency.
  • Limit your alcohol consumption if you are overweight to help control calories.
  • Avoid alcohol if you are pregnant or if you have any of the following:

One drink equals 4 ounces of wine, 12 ounces of beer, or 1 ounce of distilled spirits.

Pure Distilled Liquors (1 ounce) (Bourbon, Brandy, Gin, Rum, Scotch, Tequila, Vodka, Whiskey, etc.)

Item Calories Carbs
80 proof 65 0
90 proof 74 0
100 proof 83 0

Other drinks (4 ounces)

Item Calories Carbs
Daiquiri 224 8
Manhattan 256 4
Martini 250 0
Red Wine 80 2
Tequila Sunrise 125 13
White Wine 80 1

Beer (12 ounces)

Item Calories Carbs
Amstel® Light 95 5
Bud Light® 110 6.6
Coors Light® 102 5
Corona® Light 105 5
Guinness® Stout 125 9.9
Michelob® Ultra 95 2.6
Miller Lite® 96 3.2
Sam Adams Light® 124 9.7

Liqueurs (1 ounce)

Item Calories Carbs
Amaretto 80 17
Baileys® 75 5.5
Kahlua® 120 17
Triple Sec 80 12.5
Vermouth—Dry 35 1.5
Vermouth—Sweet 47 4.5

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