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Can drinking beer cause diabetes?

Question: Can drinking beer cause diabetes?

Answer: No single food or drink causes diabetes. Being overweight increases your risk of developing type 2 diabetes, however, so if drinking beer contributes to weight gain, then you need to cut back. Heavy drinking is linked to a variety of illnesses, so if you do drink alcohol, drink in moderation. And what is moderate drinking? It's one drink per day for women and two for men. One drink is 12 fluid ounces of beer or light beer, 4 - 5 fluid ounces of wine, 1 fluid ounce of 100-proof liquor and 1.5 fluid ounces of 80-proof liquor.

About Jill Weisenberger

Jill Weisenberger, MS, RD, CDE is the author of Diabetes Weight Loss: Week by Week (American Diabetes Association, 2012). She serves as contributing editor of Environmental Nutrition. A recognized speaker and consultant, Jill is recognized for her practical advice and desires to help others improve their eating habits, to lose weight and to live healthier lives.

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