December 31, 2011
Drinking Responsibly into the New Year and Beyond
Guest Post by Miriam Shatzkes, MS, RD from Dietnomics. This time of year brings many parties and a lot of drinking. While I am not going to tell you not to drink, since I know most of you won’t listen, I will tell you how to drink responsibly into the New Year and beyond. Alcohol can bring out our inhibitions to allow us to have more fun, but it also has many negative effects on the body as a whole. There is a way to enjoy alcohol, yet still be responsible with our alcoholic intake. Alcoholic beverages can be a substantial source of extra calories. If you drink a lot of any alcoholic beverage, you can pack on the pounds quickly. For moderate drinkers, the choice of beverage can make a big difference. A serving size for an alcoholic beverage depends on the type of drink. A typical drink is any drink that contains 0.6 fluid ounces of pure alcohol. This is equal to:
- 12 ounces of a beer or wine cooler
- 8-ounces of malt liquor
- 5 ounces of table wine
- 1.5 ounces of 80 proof distilled spirits such as gin, vodka, whiskey, etc.