Don’t worry it’s only one little sip...
Anyone who has diabetes and drinks alcohol, especially on an empty stomach, will certainly feels its crashing affect. Blood sugar may go high and then may go very low. This is especially harmful for individuals with T1D. One thing is for sure, it’s possible that ‘even one little sip’ will affect blood sugar. It can also impact your insulin and medication regime. It is also worth noting that whenever blood sugar goes up or down it will most likely be associated with mood swings. Ironically, symptoms of severe hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) mimics drunkenness – people may stagger, slur words, or even pass out.
Although this is scary, here are some resources for parents to conquer this topic and keep your teenager safe.
- American Diabetes Association - Being a teen with diabetes
- Teenage Drinking and Type 1 Diabetes
- Diabetes and Alcohol
- Is Your Teen Lying to You
- Diabetes and Alcohol: Do the Two Mix?
- Alcohol and Diabetes
- 7 Facts About Diabetes and Alcohol
- Diabetes, Smoking, & Drugs
- Teens & Parties
- (Not Alcohol) - Marijuana and Type 1 Diabetes
- Booze Guide