For any parent (or parental figure!) helping your young adult navigate interactions around alcohol is daunting, but add Type 1 Diabetes into the mix and it gets even more complicated. There are many more risks and dangers when Type 1 Diabetes is added into the mix. However, we’re here to help you open up a dialogue!


Start by reviewing the facts. We have a host of fact sheets on everything fromunderage drinking to the unique risks associated with drinking with diabetes. The more you know going into the conversation, the more fruitful it will be.

Before you talk, have your child take our Alcohol IQ quiz to find out what they already know. From there you can help fill in their knowledge gaps and clear up misconceptions.

DWD_Parent_AgreementIf you need help clarifying your expectations and creating an open and honest dialogue, print out our Drinking With Diabetes Agreement. It will help you address the difficult topic of what happens if your child ends up in a dangerous situation.

Finally, visit our blog from time to time! The best conversations about alcohol are ones that are ongoing. From the first-hand accounts of Type 1 adults to the advice of endocrinologists, our blog is packed full of content that will help keep you talking.


About is a resource for young adult Type 1 diabetics and their support networks to help navigate interactions around alcohol. Alcohol is often an integral part of social life on college campuses and while all students face risks, there are a number of unique and serious ones specific to insulin-using diabetics. Learning how to navigate those risks and make informed decisions for themselves about the role alcohol plays in their lives.

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