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A guide for adults with type 1 diabetes

Partying the Night Away with Type 1 Diabetes

You can still enjoy a glass of wine with friends, a cool beer on a hot day, or even survive a hangover when you have type 1 diabetes. All you need to do is to plan ahead and make sure you’re prepared for the night and for the morning after. It’s important to ensure you have your diabetes supplies with you so you can continue to test and treat. 

Responsible drinking

We’re all human, and sometimes we have a bit more than the alcohol consumption guidelines recommend.

  • Make sure you check your blood glucose levels regularly. Dulled senses from alcohol may mean that you won’t be able to tell when you are having a hypo or hyper
  • Make sure you’re with friends who understand type 1 diabetes and know how to treat a hypo.

Avoid a hangover

Delaying or missing your morning insulin because you’re sleeping in can be dangerous. Set your alarm clock to within an hour of your normal waking time so that you can test and treat accordingly before going back to bed. If you’re finding that you’re vomiting or feeling other effects of a big night out, put your health care professional-recommended sick day plan into action.

Smoking

Everyone knows that smoking is bad for your health, but there are other considerations for people with type 1 diabetes including increased risk of diabetes-related complications. Speak to your health care professional about strategies to quit smoking, or call the smoking QUITLINE on 13 18 48.

Drugs

Different varieties of recreational drugs can have different effects on type 1 diabetes and blood glucose levels, which can be dangerous. The best idea is to avoid recreational drugs altogether, but if you can’t avoid them, you should speak to your health care professional to put a plan in place to reduce your risk of injury.

If you are interested in connecting with someone who has lived experience of type 1 diabetes and asking them practical questions about their experience of managing type 1 diabetes when having a big night out, please contact the JDRF support page and submit a request. If you prefer to remain anonymous for this request, please enter "Anonymous" into each field except the email field, where we will need a real email in order to get back to you.

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