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.)

  • 80 proof
    • Calories: 65
    • Carbs: 0
  • 90 proof
    • Calories: 74
    • Carbs: 0
  • 100 proof
    • Calories: 83
    • Carbs: 0

Other drinks (4 ounces)

  • Daiquiri
    • Calories: 224
    • Carbs: 8
  • Manhattan
    • Calories: 256
    • Carbs: 4
  • Martini
    • Calories: 250
    • Carbs: 0
  • Red Wine
    • Calories: 80
    • Carbs: 2
  • Tequila Sunrise
    • Calories: 125
    • Carbs: 13
  • White Wine
    • Calories: 80
    • Carbs: 1
  • Beer (12 ounces)
  • Amstel® Light
    • Calories: 95
    • Carbs: 5
  • Bud Light®
    • Calories: 110
    • Carbs: 6.6
  • Coors Light®
    • Calories: 102
    • Carbs: 5
  • Corona® Light
    • Calories: 105
    • Carbs: 5
  • Guinness® Stout
    • Calories: 125
    • Carbs: 9.9
  • Michelob® Ultra
    • Calories: 95
    • Carbs: 2.6
  • Miller Lite®
    • Calories: 96
    • Carbs: 3.2
  • Sam Adams Light®
    • Calories: 124
    • Carbs: 9.7
  • Liqueurs (1 ounce)
  • Amaretto
    • Calories: 80
    • Carbs: 17
  • Baileys®
    • Calories: 75
    • Carbs: 5.5
  • Kahlua®
    • Calories: 120
    • Carbs: 17
  • Triple Sec
    • Calories: 80
    • Carbs: 12.5
  • Vermouth—Dry
    • Calories: 35
    • Carbs: 1.5
  • Vermouth—Sweet
    • Calories: 47
    • Carbs: 4.5