The alcoholic drinks that a diabetic can tolerate are dry wines, light beers, or drinks mixed with tonic water, diet soft drinks or seltzer, according to OneTouch. A diabetic is only allowed to consume alcohol if and when the serum glucose is under control, says American Diabetes Association.
Drinking can increase a diabetic’s risk for hypoglycemia because the liver becomes less efficient in releasing glucose into the bloodstream as it focuses on processing the alcohol, according to Diabetes Education Online. The risk increases when a person drinks with an empty stomach. If a person with diabetes decides to drink, moderation must be practiced. This means limiting the drink to one serving (for women) or two (for men) per day.