The maximum amount of alcohol allowed

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The best way to start a discussion of the maximum amount of alcohol permissible for someone with T1DM is to define acceptable amounts. Here's the scoop:

^ For a man, an acceptable amount of alcohol means a maximum of two glasses (5 ounces each) of wine or its equivalent (24 ounces of beer or 3 ounces of hard liquor) every 24 hours. The maximum amount permissible is ten glasses a week.

^ For a woman, an acceptable amount means one glass (5 ounces) of wine or its equivalent (12 ounces of beer or 1.5 ounces of hard liquor) every 24 hours. The maximum amount permissible is five glasses a week.

The difference results from the fact that women metabolize alcohol much more slowly than men.

You don't have to adjust your insulin before drinking these amounts of alcohol, but eat something when you drink. And don't only drink alcohol, especially last thing before going to bed.

Wear a bracelet or necklace identifying you as a person with diabetes. If something goes terribly wrong and someone finds you unconscious after drinking, he'll smell the alcohol on your breath and assume you're drunk even if the real problem is that your blood glucose is dangerously low.

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