Alcohol During the Holidays for People Living with Diabetes

by Elad Guberman on December 30, 2019

Family gatherings, events and festivities during the holiday period usually involve various types of food and alcohol. This can make monitoring diabetes and blood glucose levels more difficult. There are two things to be mindful of when drinking; the number of carbohydrates contained in the drink and whether or not it contains alcohol.

When drinking non-alcoholic beverages, it is recommended to select diet alternatives rather than full-sugar beverages. A non-diet soda can contain as much as 49 grams of carbohydrate per serving compared to the zero carbs found in the diet equivalent.

Consuming alcohol in moderation is safe for people living with diabetes. Drinking alcohol on an empty stomach can cause low blood glucose levels. It is important to be aware that low blood sugar can cause shaking and dizziness. If you are consuming alcohol, consider the number of carbohydrates (these can be seen in the tables below). Both white and red wines provide a similar amount of carbs per 5-ounce serving, between 3 and 5 grams. Dessert wines, however, can contain up to 20 grams. Stay safe this holiday season.

 

Beverage

Carbohydrate

Beer, Lite
12-oz

5 grams

Beer, Regular
12-oz

12 grams

Beer, Dark
12-oz

Up to 25 grams

Beer, Guiness Draft
16-oz

17 grams

Beer, Non-Alcoholic
12-oz

5-12 grams

Wine Cooler
12-oz

up to 30 grams

Champagne, Dry (brut)
5-oz

2-5 grams

Champagne, Spumante
5-oz

up to 10 grams

White Wine
5-oz

4 grams

Chardonnay and Pinot Grigio
5-oz

3 grams

Dry Champagne
5-oz

4 grams

White Wine
5-oz

4 grams

White Zinfandel Wine
5-oz

4 grams

Chenin Blanc, Riesling and Semillon
5-oz

5 grams

Dry Red Wine
5-oz

3 to 4 grams

Sweet/Dessert Wine
5-oz

12 to 20 grams

Liqueurs like Amaretto and Kahlua
Per Ounce

17 grams

Sambuca, Cointreau, and Bailey's Irish Cream
Per Ounce

5 to 7 grams

Vodka
Per Ounce

0 grams

Rum
Per Ounce

0 grams

Gin
Per Ounce

0 grams

Tequila
Per Ounce

0 grams

Whiskey
Per Ounce

0 grams

Scotch
Per Ounce

0 grams

Brandy
Per Ounce

0 grams

Cognac
Per Ounce

0 grams

Southern Comfort
Per Ounce

3 grams

 

 

Mixed Drink

Carbohydrate

Gin and Tonic
Per Serving

15 grams

Rum & Regular Cola
Per Serving

15 grams

Rum & Diet Cola
Per Serving

0 grams

Black Russian
Per Serving

16 grams

Bloody Mary
Per Serving

5 grams

Fuzzy Navel
Per Serving

38 grams

Frozen Strawberry Daiquiri
Per Serving

44 grams

Kamikaze
Per Serving

15 grams

Long Island Iced Tea
Per Serving

10 grams

Manhattan
Per Serving

2 grams

Margarita, Classic
Per Serving

11-25 grams

Margarita, Frozen
Per Serving

12-96 grams

Mint Julep
Per Serving

8 grams

Old Fashioned
Per Serving

5 grams

Martini
Per Serving

0-1 grams

Mojito
Per Serving

25 grams

Pina Colada
Per Serving

30-50 grams

Seabreeze
Per Serving

20 grams

Screwdriver (vodka & OJ)
Per Serving

19 grams

Sloe Gin Fizz
Per Serving

3 grams

Tequila Sunrise
Per Serving

15 grams

Tom Collins
Per Serving

3 grams

White Russian
Per Serving

16 grams

 

 

Glucology Store was born in Sydney Australia. Our mission is to help improve the lives of people living with diabetes by providing the best possible support products and information. 

Remember to always seek advice from your medical practitioner before changing anything about your diabetes management. The above information is not medical advice

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