Here are a few things to consider when dining out and drinking alcohol:
1. Be aware of the amount of carbohydrate you'll be consuming at the meal. The amount and/or timing of your medication may need to be adjusted.
2. If the meal is delayed, make sure that you test your blood sugar and determine if you need to adjust your carbohydrate intake.
3. Never drink alcohol on an empty stomach. Do not drink any alcohol if your blood sugar is below 80 mg/dl. Alcohol consumption could lead to (or worsen) hypoglycemia.
4. Alcohol consumption could affect your blood sugar levels several hours after drinking. Therefore, continue to test your blood sugar to make sure that you don't experience delayed hypoglycemia.
5. Never drink in excess (especially if you are dining in a restaurant and are unsure of the carbohydrate and calorie content of your food). Drink in moderation, especially while you are on diabetes medications.
6. Avoid mixed drinks that contain fruit juice or other sugary beverages. This combination may cause a significant rise in your blood sugar.
7. If you are going to drink alcohol, remember to carry fast acting carbohydrate with you (such as glucose tablets). If your blood sugar drops, you'll need a fast acting form of carbohydrate.
8. Sip on your alcoholic beverage slowly. Always drink a glass of cold water after each alcoholic beverage. This will help to quench your thirst and reduce your alcohol intake.
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