A little, yes. As long as your blood sugar is in good control, you know how the alcohol will affect you, and you don’t have an additional condition that is affected by alcohol (like high blood pressure). This is the recommendation from the American Diabetes Association.
Overall, the recommendations for people with Type 2 diabetes are the same as the general health guidelines for alcohol consumption: no more than two drinks a day for men, no more than one drink a day for women. These drinks should meet the standard serving size of 350ml beer, 150ml wine or 45ml hard liquor like whisky, scotch or brandy. It’s also important to realise that mixers are often where hidden sugars and carbohydrates lie: always ask for sugar-free mixers or water.
Another essential to keep in mind is that if alcohol is consumed with food, the effect on blood sugar will be less dramatic, so never drink on an empty stomach! Alcohol can have a very rapid blood sugar lowering effect.
And finally, remember that the symptoms of hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) can very closely resemble those of being drunk – so be sure that whoever you’re with knows you’re diabetic.
What’s your attitude towards alcohol and diabetes?