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Just because you have Diabetes it does not mean that drinking is out of the question, however it does mean that you have to be sensible.
Alcohol and Hypos
For people who treat Diabetes with insulin, alcohol makes a hypo (low blood sugar) more likely to occur. The liver gets rid of alcohol at the rate of one unit per hour but you must remember this varies with each person. This means that if you drink more than a few units in one night you will have an increased risk of hypo- all night and also part of the next day as the liver continues to break down the alcohol in your system.
Alcohol affects us all differently and it is important to remember that if "you have one too many" that you may not be in best shape to respond to your hypo. Think sensibly before you drink.
If you do go out drinking always have some breakfast even if you don't feel like eating. This will not only help make you feel better but also aid blood glucose control.
Whilst prevention is always better than cure follow our top tips below if you feel you have had one too many.
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