Can Diabetics Drink Whiskey?? Is Whiskey sugar-free??

Dr. Pakhi Sharma (MBBS)
Dr. Pakhi Sharma (MBBS)

General Physician | 6+ years

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The best way to keep your blood glucose levels in check is by choosing a low carb and low sugar diet. Whiskey seems to be a suitable choice for this and its nutritional information will help you understand why. Does Whiskey decrease the risk of developing diabetes? Is Whiskey Good for Diabetics? This article will give you an insight on these questions.

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    Whiskey: Nutrition Profile
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    Advantages of Whiskey for Diabetics
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    Ways to Consume Whiskey for Diabetes
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    How much whiskey can Diabetics consume and how frequently?
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    Risks of Overconsumption of Whiskey For Diabetics
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    Other Benefits of Whiskey For Diabetes
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Whiskey: Nutrition Profile

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the components of a shot of whiskey are as follows:

97 calories

0 (zero) fat, carbohydrates, fibers, and proteins

0 (zero) sugar

0.42 grams of sodium and

14 grams of alcohol

Zero sugar content in whiskey and zero carbs and fats help maintain blood glucose levels. So moderate consumption of whiskey, especially scotch, may not be harmful. 

However, we should also remember that alcohol consumption in general does not promote a healthy lifestyle. Overconsumption of whiskey may also pose threats of behavioural changes, liver failure and cancer. 

Advantages of Whiskey for Diabetics

Some health benefits can be traced in the constituents of whiskey, which are fermented corn, barley, rye, or wheat. Let us delve deeper into why whiskey is good for diabetics. 

  • Whiskey Has ‘Zero’ Glycemic Index

Zero carbs and sugar content in whiskey lead to a negligible Glycemic Index. Hence, whiskey is relatively diabetic-friendly.  

  • Whiskey Reduces Stress

Diabetes is a restrictive illness that demands self-control when it comes to different food items and sugary drinks. Everyday stress is also harmful to diabetics. Drinking whiskey (in moderate amounts) is known to relieve mental and physical stress.

  • Whiskey lowers Risk of Cardiovascular Diseases

Heart problems are frequent in diabetes patients. According to a Harvard study, moderate whiskey consumption can reduce the risk of heart disorders by elevating HDL-cholesterol levels (good cholesterol).

Ways to Consume Whiskey For Diabetes

You can savour whiskey in its pure form or blend it in a delicious cocktail and then have it. Cleanse your palate with cold water, then pour a moderate amount of whiskey into a glass…and enjoy your first sip.

How Much Whiskey can Diabetics consume and how frequently?

Doctors suggest moderate consumption of whiskey for diabetics and also non-diabetics. 

  • Women: No more than one drink a day.
  • Men: No more than two drinks a day.

One drink should not contain more than 14 grams of alcohol, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


Risks of Overconsumption of Whiskey For Diabetics

Whiskey is an alcoholic beverage, and people often lose self-control while drinking it. Some risks of overconsumption are as follows: 

  • Alcohol Poisoning 

It might lead to nausea and vomiting, disrupt bodily functions and even lead to coma and death.

  • Liver Cirrhosis

It may cause impaired metabolism, abnormal fat deposition, liver hardening and halt to normal day-to-day activities.

  • Alcohol Addiction

This may include overdrinking, abusive behaviour, depression, loss of balance in daily activities, poor judgment and decision-making ability. Overconsumption of alcohol can also interfere with medications for diabetes.

Other Health Benefits of Whiskey For Diabetes

  • Aids weight loss
  • enhances cognitive functions and reduces risks of neurological disorders 
  • prevents internal blood clots
  • improves heart health
  • boosts immunity

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  • Whiskey has low carb, fat, and sugar content, making it a desirable alcoholic beverage to consume.
  • It has peculiar health benefits for those undergoing diabetes treatment. It prevents diabetes, aids weight loss, and also decreases the risk of heart diseases.
  • Women can calm their nerves with one drink of whiskey a day and men with two drinks.  One drink should not contain more than 14 grams of alcohol/day.
  • Use Phable Care App to consult India’s leading diabetologists, order medicines, book lab tests, integrate Accu-Chek instant and other devices to get real-time remote care from the comfort of your home. Let’s treat diabetes together.

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, a moderate amount of whiskey (14g alcohol/day) is safe for diabetes patients to consume and can provide health benefits. 

Yes, whiskey is almost sugar-free.

Whiskey generally decreases the risk of developing diabetes. 

Brandy is rich in antioxidants, whereas whiskey is good in terms of low carbs, sugar, and fat. Naturally, whiskey is a better choice for diabetics who are chiefly concerned with keeping their blood sugar levels in check.

Whiskey, if over consumed, can damage your internal organs. The liver is the primary organ for metabolism, and excessive alcohol exposure can lead to its hardening, cirrhosis and even cause cancer.

Dr. Pakhi Sharma
Dr. Pakhi Sharma, MBBS
(General physician, 6+ years)
An expert in obstetrics and medical emergencies, Dr. Pakhi Sharma, an alumni of Sri Devaraj Urs University of Higher Education and Research Centre, is a general physician working at Phablecare. She has 6+ years of work experience spread across gynaecology and obstetrics, family medicine, and medical emergencies at renowned hospitals and clinics.

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