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When you are heading off for a night out remember to take your blood glucose meter, strips and insulin with you. Always carry some glucose tablets or sweets to treat a hypo.
Quick tip – if you haven’t drunk much alcohol in the past and are concerned about the effect it could have on your type 1 diabetes, then start slowly! Choose a drink, see how you go and keep an eye on your blood glucose to see how your body responds. In general, people will not be watching how much you drink, no one will care if you’re on your first drink and they’re on the fifth as long as you look like you’re having a good time (which no doubt you will be).
Have a good dinner. Eat a meal containing long-acting carbs. This can help to avoid hypos later on
Be organised and sort out the things you need to take with you (testing kit, test strips, glucose tablets, diabetes ID) before you start drinking to make sure you don’t forget anything. Think about saving some money to get a bus or taxi home
Set your alarm for the next morning so you don’t miss your morning insulin (if applicable). You can always go back to sleep afterwards
For more information on alcohol and type 1 diabetes, visit our main alcohol and type 1 diabetes page for everyone.
The video below was made by Diabetes UK. You can find more information including videos on alcohol and university on the Diabetes UK website.