Diabetes & Beer


Contributed by Carol Harrison

Is beer off the menu if you have diabetes? According to Diabetes Canada, “as a general rule, there is no need to avoid alcohol because you have diabetes.” However, this is not true for every person. It is essential you always consult your healthcare provider about alcohol and your health, particularly if you are living with diabetes.

Important points when it comes to safety while consuming beer and living with diabetes include:









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Your Guide to Diabetes and Beer is a useful tool intended to assist educators who often answer client questions about how to live with diabetes and still consume beer. This resource was developed as a collaboration between Diabetes Canada and Beer Canada.


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Canada’s Low-Risk Alcohol Drinking Guidelines, 2012. Available at: http://www.ccsa.ca/Resource%20Library/2012-Canada-Low-Risk-Alcohol-Drinking-Guidelines-Brochure-en.pdf. Accessed October 2017.