Avoiding Lows While Drinking Alcohol


Yes, people with diabetes can drink alcohol, but there are a few very important things to keep in mind. Alcohol can actually lead to hypoglycemia in the hours after you drink—especially if you take insulin.

Here’s what you need to know:

alcohol and low blood sugars infographic

Educational content related to severe hypoglycemia is made possible with support from Lilly Diabetes, and editorial control rests solely on Beyond Type 2.

WRITTEN BY Ginger Vieira, POSTED 04/26/22, UPDATED 01/18/23

Ginger Vieira is the senior content manager at Beyond Type 1. She is also an author and writer living with type 1 diabetes, celiac disease, fibromyalgia and hypothyroidism. She’s authored a variety of books, including “When I Go Low” (for kids), “Pregnancy with Type 1 Diabetes,” and “Dealing with Diabetes Burnout.” Before joining Beyond Type 1, Ginger spent the last 15 years writing for Diabetes Mine, Healthline, T1D Exchange, Diabetes Strong and more! In her free time, she is jumping rope, scootering with her daughters, or walking with her handsome fella and their dog.