The short version: Can you use alcohol to bring your BG down if you’ve had too much sugar?
The long version: Last week I got stuck at the airport before a long flight and ended up eating some terrible carby airport food. 20 minutes into the flight my BG was 192 and I sort of started to freak, knowing it would be several hours before I could do any exercise to bring it down.
I remembered reading how alcohol can cause a low for T1s, and I considered ordering a couple of shots of vodka to see if it would bring my BG down. But I hardly ever drink, and didn’t want to arrive at my destination drunk, so I just sat there flexing my muscles, hoping to burn a little sugar, and hoping the person next to me wouldn’t think I was crazy!
In this case the sugar in my blood was from food, not from my liver releasing glucose – but what do you think? Would it have helped to have some alcohol?