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Phil C

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Hi. I am not a big drinker, but did go out and drink 4 or 5 pints last night. Obviously this was a fairly foolish thing to do and i now feel rubbish. Not really hung over but feel a bit seedy and my blood pressure has gone up above my norm. Just want to confirm that other people have experienced similar to me. I know that the best advice is don't do it again and moderate beer consumption.
 

Kaylz

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Have you tested your BG? It's likely that it may be high from the carbohydrates in the beer, spirits are more or less carb free but things like beer, cider etc are high in carbohydrate xx
 

Docb

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4 or 5 pints and I would be ill for days. Found out 50 odd years ago that my tolerance to alcohol was poor and from then on limited myself to an occasional pint of something interesting, a dram of a decent malt or a glass of wine.

Kaylz is correct in that if you are going to sort your diabetes by diet then you need to take into account the carbohydrate in beer.
 

Phil C

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Have you tested your BG? It's likely that it may be high from the carbohydrates in the beer, spirits are more or less carb free but things like beer, cider etc are high in carbohydrate xx
HI. thanks for the reply. Yes it makes sense when someone says it. never really consider the carbohydrate in beers etc. This is exactly why i joined this forum. Sound advice, thank you.
 

Phil C

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4 or 5 pints and I would be ill for days. Found out 50 odd years ago that my tolerance to alcohol was poor and from then on limited myself to an occasional pint of something interesting, a dram of a decent malt or a glass of wine.

Kaylz is correct in that if you are going to sort your diabetes by diet then you need to take into account the carbohydrate in beer.
Yes Docb, i may well feel rough for a day or 2. Unfortunately my wife seems to understand my limitations better than i do, i really should listen to her sensible advice. i do normally try to limit myself to an occasional interesting pint or stick to less carby drinks. Cheers.
 

Anitram

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Hi. I am not a big drinker, but did go out and drink 4 or 5 pints last night. Obviously this was a fairly foolish thing to do and i now feel rubbish. Not really hung over but feel a bit seedy and my blood pressure has gone up above my norm. Just want to confirm that other people have experienced similar to me. I know that the best advice is don't do it again and moderate beer consumption.
Some beers can contain 30 grams of carbs per bottle, but most light brews and even Guinness contain less than 10. Even so, if you multiply that out by how much you have it could be quite carb heavy.

I was never a big drinker anyway, just one or two bottles of beer now and then, and never wine or spirits, but once diagnosed I stopped altogether.

Martin
 

Phil C

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Some beers can contain 30 grams of carbs per bottle, but most light brews and even Guinness contain less than 10. Even so, if you multiply that out by how much you have it could be quite carb heavy.

I was never a big drinker anyway, just one or two bottles of beer now and then, and never wine or spirits, but once diagnosed I stopped altogether.

Martin
Hi Anitram. I think moderation will become my thing. I am usually a 1 or 2 bottles type, just went a bit OTT LAST NIGHT. It did prompt me to join this forum though - so some good has come out of it.
 

rebrascora

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I still enjoy a drink but choose low carb options like dry wine or spirits with low calorie mixers.

10g of carbs would raise my BG about 3mmols (without injecting insulin) so if a bottle/pint contains even just 10g each then 5 pints is min. 50g carbs and an increase of 15mmols min. If my reading was in the normal range before I started then it would be 20+ after 5 pints and that level would definitely make most people feel ill. Of course your body may manage to deal with carbs better than mine but just wanted to give you an idea of what it might be doing to you.... Getting yourself a BG meter and testing on such occasions may give you the resolve to be more conservative next time.... It worked for me in a moment of weakness with a packet of Jacobs salt and vinegar crackers which took my BG up to 27 one night and I spent all night drinking water to try to bring it down. I haven't made that mistake again!
 

Phil C

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I still enjoy a drink but choose low carb options like dry wine or spirits with low calorie mixers.

10g of carbs would raise my BG about 3mmols (without injecting insulin) so if a bottle/pint contains even just 10g each then 5 pints is min. 50g carbs and an increase of 15mmols min. If my reading was in the normal range before I started then it would be 20+ after 5 pints and that level would definitely make most people feel ill. Of course your body may manage to deal with carbs better than mine but just wanted to give you an idea of what it might be doing to you.... Getting yourself a BG meter and testing on such occasions may give you the resolve to be more conservative next time.... It worked for me in a moment of weakness with a packet of Jacobs salt and vinegar crackers which took my BG up to 27 one night and I spent all night drinking water to try to bring it down. I haven't made that mistake again!
Hi, thanks for the reply. i must look into getting a BG meter - it would be interesting to see what effect different foods have on my body. Drinking too muchin a short space of time does seem to be a bad idea. Nice to hear from you.
 

Kaylz

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Hi, thanks for the reply. i must look into getting a BG meter - it would be interesting to see what effect different foods have on my body. Drinking too muchin a short space of time does seem to be a bad idea. Nice to hear from you.
Drinking a lot in any amount of time isn't a good idea, just ask my partner :D
(Sorry that's my warped sense of humour but he's currently signed off work for 8 weeks after requiring an operation 2 weeks ago for a broken wrist that was obtained by falling down the stairs after some alcoholic beverages) xx
 

Phil C

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Aahhh, hope he is recovering well. That is as good a reason as any to cut down on alcohol.
 

HenryBennett

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When I hear Tom Kerridge saying that when he was over 30 stone he’d drink 12 pints of beer in a night I just try to imagine drinking 12 pints of anything and can’t do it.
 

trophywench

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My first husband learned how to do it when he was about 18/19. I think it takes dedication LOL Fortunately he discovered girls before it became ingrained, plus he liked thirsty cars too, so something had to stop!

Think, myself, that even with higher wages, it's likely to be far too expensive as a regular hobby, these days.
 

HenryBennett

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trophywench

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Most chaps loved their motorbike before properly discovering girls Henry until subsequently discovering there are certain activities one can undertake more covertly and comfortably with a car than you are likely to with a bike !

And you'd have missed really important milestones in life like the start of Radio 1.
 

HenryBennett

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Most chaps loved their motorbike before properly discovering girls Henry until subsequently discovering there are certain activities one can undertake more covertly and comfortably with a car than you are likely to with a bike !

And you'd have missed really important milestones in life like the start of Radio 1.
Now ain’t that the truth ;) :p
 

trophywench

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Can you tell both my husbands liked bikes? LOL Well the 2nd one still owns some but both the ones in his garage now have a bit more oomph than his beloved Bonneville did in his youth. 1st one had an Ariel not an Arrow, can't remember what.
 

HenryBennett

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HenryBennett

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HenryBennett

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a bit more oomph than his beloved Bonneville
I reckon I haven’t the oomph now of even that Bonneville - more like the little Ariel 2-stroke :D ;):p
 
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