Diabetes App for Safe Drinking

If you have Type 1 diabetes and are thinking of drinking alcohol, you’ll want to check out a new, free app from Pool Hospital Diabetes Center.

For people who have diabetes, drinking alcohol can have unpredictable effects on blood glucose, including increasing the risk of hypoglycemia (low blood glucose). The app, “The Type 1 Diabetes Friend: Alcohol Guide,” provides profiles of different alcoholic drinks that include information on the drink’s sugar, carbohydrate, and alcohol levels. The app also has a list of hypoglycemia symptoms, along with steps that can be taken to counteract hypoglycemia.


“Young people with diabetes are just like anyone else — chances are they will be drinking, but don’t necessarily want to tell their parents or doctors about it,” notes app developer Andy Pulman. “The idea of this is to have a friendly adviser that they can look to for information but is not seen as being direct nagging from either the health service or their parents.”

For more information, click here. And to download the app, click the “view in iTunes” button on this page. And to learn more about drinking alcohol with diabetes, read this series by diabetes dietitian Amy Campbell.

This blog entry was written by Web Editor Diane Fennell.

  • airblade

    Type 2 ?????

  • trunks_cscs

    Why do otherwise intelligent diabetes practitioners always say that alcohol can increase the chance of hypoglycemia? PURE alcohol can increase the chance of hypoglycemia, but mixed drinks and beer contain carbohydrates which more than overpower the effect of alcohol on the liver’s hepatic glucose production, HGP(yeah, I specialize in glucoregulation). This is not a message telling you to go out and drink, but be aware of your glucose levels while drinking and be more prepared to treat hyperglycemia than hypoglycemia…


  • Angie

    Please consider making this available for those of us with Android-based phones.