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Quiz: Can you drink alcohol if you have diabetes?
by Staff
Having a drink now and then may be perfectly acceptable if you have diabetes. As long as your diabetes is managed effectively and you have no other complicating health concerns, moderate alcohol consumption is safe. Take this quiz and learn about the relationship between diabetes and that cold beer we all love.

How quickly does alcohol appear in your bloodstream?

  • five minutes after alcohol consumption
  • 30 minutes after alcohol consumption
  • one hour after alcohol consumption

What bodily organ breaks down alcohol?

  • liver
  • pancreas
  • kidneys

What happens if you drink alcohol at a quicker rate than the speed your liver metabolizes alcohol?

  • Your liver starts to decay.
  • Your kidneys take over part of the metabolism job.
  • You start to feel the effects of alcohol.

How much alcohol consumption is recommended for a male adult with diabetes?

  • one drink
  • two drinks
  • three drinks

What diabetes-related health problems can worsen with alcohol use?

  • nerve damage
  • high blood pressure
  • both of the above

What may happen if you drink alcohol and are taking diabetes medication or insulin shots?

  • blood glucose rises
  • blood glucose falls
  • blood pressure rises

What part of your body is to blame for low blood glucose levels when consuming alcohol?

  • liver
  • kidneys
  • pancreas

What should you avoid doing before consuming alcohol?

  • checking your blood glucose level
  • exercising
  • eating a fatty meal

Who has the smallest risk for low blood sugar levels when drinking?

  • people with type 1 diabetes
  • people with type 2 diabetes managed without medication or insulin
  • people with diabetes mellitus

When should you check your blood glucose levels if you have been drinking?

  • while drinking
  • immediately after drinking
  • before you go to sleep

What should you do before you go to sleep after drinking?

  • Eat a snack.
  • Take an extra shot of insulin.
  • both of the above

What is the best way to treat severely low blood glucose due to alcohol consumption?

  • glucagon shots
  • insulin shots
  • oral glucose tablets

What happens if you pass out as a result of severely low blood glucose from alcohol consumption?

  • You need a glucose injection.
  • You need oral glucose tablets.
  • You need an insulin injection.

What happens if you drink heavily over time?

  • You will have permanently low blood glucose levels.
  • Your diabetes will become difficult to manage.
  • You will have to have kidney transplant.

In a diabetes diet plan, one alcoholic beverage counts as ________.

  • two carbohydrate exchanges
  • two fat exchanges
  • two fiber exchanges

Two beers contain how many calories?

  • 100 calories
  • 200 calories
  • 300 calories

Which of the following drinks is best for someone with diabetes?

  • rum and cola
  • scotch on the rocks
  • vodka and club soda

What type of wine is best for someone with diabetes?

  • dark red wine
  • white sparkling wine
  • dry wine

Why is alcohol consumption frowned upon for people with diabetes and nerve damage?

  • Alcohol can increase pain.
  • Alcohol can lead to numbness.
  • both of the above

You should not drink alcohol if you have high amounts of ________ in your blood.

  • triglyceride fat
  • high density lipoproteins
  • cholesterol