Can you drink alcohol if you have diabetes? Many people enjoy drinking alcohol and there's no need to give it up just because you have diabetes.


Government guidelines recommend a limit of


  • 2–3 units per day for women
  • 3–4 units per day for men

Drinking alcohol makes hypoglycaemia (low blood glucose levels) more likely to occur, especially if your diabetes is treated with insulin or certain Type 2 diabetes medications.

To reduce risk of a hypo:

  • Avoid drinking on an empty stomach
  • Make sure the people with you are aware you have Diabetes
  • Have a starchy snack before going to bed

It’s important to be aware that alcohol intake can raise blood pressure, make nerve damage worse and that it contains calories which could contribute to weight gain. So try to limit your intake.