You have got to admit the sad truth that it’s a useless thing going on a healthy diet when you’re also engaging in alcoholic drinks every now and then. Beer has a good amount of carbohydrate content, mixed drinks have sugar content and wine, too. Having these drinks is cheating on your healthy diet. But how can we enjoy drinking alcohol the healthy way?
Before going any further with some tips, let it be a disclaimer for you that the healthiest ways to drink alcohol are not completely healthy in truth. Even if you choose to drink the healthy way, but if you’ve had too much drinks, too much of a good thing can lead to unwanted turnouts like alcohol poisoning.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention determines a standard single serving to be 1.5 ounce for every beer at 12 ounce, malt liquor at 8 ounce, wine at 5 ounce, and 80 proof alcohol. Women who can consume more than one drink a day and men who take more than two drinks a day are considered as heavy drinkers.
On a higher dosage, women who gulp more than four drinks and men who finish more than five drinks within hours are classified as binge drinkers.
Drink straight liquor or on the rocks and avoid mixed liquor drinks.
Straight liquor with no mixers can be nasty on the palate but is healthiest if drank that way, and much better if sipped than gulped one time. The clearer kinds of alcohol are the ones that go easy on your system, so this is fair game for vodka, whiskey, gin and scotch. These types also go easy on the calorie content, like a single serving of Skyy Vodka or Smirnoff is only 97 calories and zero carbs, and a single serving of gin is about 110 calories and zero carbs as well. Whiskey and scotch have about the same calorie content although these two have some flavor.
Liquor served straight or on the rocks usually come in double shots, but the whole idea of drinking them in a healthy manner is to take moderate sips. This way, you don’t get to consume all the shots in a flash and move on to more. It also keeps you from mixing your pure liquor with mixers like pineapple juice or ginger ale as these carry a good amount of calories.
Take wine for some distinction.
You must have heard of the benefits of drinking wine in moderation. What you have gathered in your research is true: wine is a healthier alternative to hard drinks. The taste is also a lot more acceptable to the palate than hard liquor, although a 5-ounce serving may be about 100 to 150 calories and 5 grams of carbs. However, given the calorie intake, you can enjoy the health benefits of drinking wine and one of it is its high level of antioxidants which fight to lower bad cholesterol and boost good cholesterol. Wine is also known to have benefits in treating depression, diabetes and even cancer.
Beer may not be a good healthy option, but light beer will probably do.
If you have been accustomed to drinking beer, you can surely say that the taste is delicious and thirst-quenching, especially ice cold beer. Yet, one bottle has over 100 to 130 calories and a good amount of carbs, about 24 grams. No wonder heavy beer drinkers develop beer bellies. If you want to drink beer the healthy way, go for light beer with less than 100 calories. This is when you trade off some good-tasting malt for lesser calorie intake.
A bottle of Miller Light only has 96 calories and about 3 grams of carbs, Bud Light has 110 and about 6 grams of carbs, and Coors Light has 104 calories and about 5 grams of carbs. Now, the question is, will you be content with a bottle or two? These low-calorie types of beer also have low alcohol content so there is always the tendency to thirst for more. Then again, think healthy drinking. Go moderate.
Fill the tummy with food and drink water in between when drinking alcohol.
Being a responsible drinker is also having high regard for healthy drinking. Apart from knowing that moderation is key to healthy drinking, you must also consider two important things to avoid a bad hangover or getting too intoxicated which can only ruin a good time with friends.
One is to eat something before drinking alcohol and the second one is take sips of water in between your drinks. Drinking on an empty stomach can only get you tipsy or drunk faster than ever, and not having water intake makes it pretty difficult to sober up in the morning. Always go for the responsible and healthy way of drinking alcohol.