Truth – drinking too much alcohol is not healthy – especially if you have a medical condition, addiction, or weight loss goal. Alcohol can be beneficial for your health, though, especially if you choose the right liquor, beer, or cocktail. Here are some things to keep in mind the next time you’re out on the town.

Drinking Liquor

You know the old saying, “Candy is dandy but liquor is quicker,” right? Liquor can be good for you, especially things like brandy and vodka, but only if you consume them in moderation and without mixers – you know, the things that make liquor taste like candy. Mixers like sugary fruit juices and soda are the things that take your liquor’s original calorie count and blow it through the roof. Learn to enjoy your drinks straight or seek out some lower-calorie alternatives.

Clear Liquors

A general rule of thumb when choosing a drink is that clear liquor tends to have a lower calorie count than colored liquors. Mix a shot of vodka or gin, each of which could have anywhere from 60 – 80 calories per ounce, with some diet Sprite or 7Up, and you’ve got a nice, calorie-friendly drink you can sip while enjoying time with your friends.

White Wine

While red wine is known for being high in antioxidants, white wine does have some as well – just not as many. White wine is also a favorite because of its anti-bacterial properties. Some studies have shown that white wine may help to prevent the growth of the type of bacteria that causes your teeth to decay as well as the type that causes sore throats.

White Wine Spritzer

If that single glass of white wine doesn’t seem like it will hold you over, ask the bartender to make a white wine spritzer. He can add a dash of club soda, Sprite, or 7Up, giving your drink a little extra body without adding too many extra calories.

Get Your Veggies

Want to make sure you’re getting a serving of veggies in at the same time? Ask for a simple Bloody Mary. The entire drink should come up to around 140 calories and will give you a serving of vegetables which, in turn, will help to curb your cravings for more food (or drinks). Ditch the salt to reduce your sodium intake (and potential bloating).

You don’t have to cut alcohol out of your life 100% in order to eat a healthier diet. You do need to be conscious of the amounts you are drinking and make a conscious effort to make choices that are lower in calories and better for your overall health. Make better choices and, as always, consume in moderation. You’ll be pleased with the results you can achieve.

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