You do not have to give up alcoholic beverages like beer, wine, vodka and whiskey for a healthy and balanced diet, says the magazine "Health". However, because each gram of alcohol contains 7 calories, you should be aware of what you are drinking to avoid gaining weight. The key is moderation and drink low calorie drinks whenever possible. According to the American Heart Association, a man should limit himself to two drinks a day, while a woman should not take more than one. A drink is defined as 12 ounces of beer, 4 ounces of wine or 1.5 ounces of 80-degree liquors. If you have a history of alcoholism, avoid any amount of alcohol.

Breakdown of beer

The calories in a serving of beer vary depending on the type you drink. The lowest-calorie beers are light beers, which contain, on average, around 100 calories per 12 ounces. Dark beers are the second best option when it comes to the amount of calories, since they range between 125 and 145 calories per glass. Regular beer and blonde beers have the highest number of calories in a 12-ounce serving, with an average of 150 to 200 calories.

What is in the wine?

Choose white or rosé wine over red wine, if you are looking for a smaller amount of calories per glass. On average, a 4-ounce glass of red table wine contains 100 calories. Conversely, a glass of white or rosé wine usually contains about 90 calories or less. The drier the wine, the better: a glass of dry white wine averages only 77 calories. Avoid sweet wines, which have significantly more calories in each serving.

Vodka

A 1.5-ounce serving of 80-degree vodka contains approximately 97 calories, according to the US Department of Agriculture. 90 degree vodka contains 110 calories in each serving; 100 degree vodka has the highest calorie concentration with 124 calories in a 1.5 ounce glass. If you prefer to drink your vodka with a mixer, choose club soda without calories or sugar instead of carbonated drinks with high sugar content such as juices, tonic water or bottled drinks to keep your calorie consumption as low as possible. To add flavor, add a freshly squeezed lemon or lemon juice.

Whiskey

On average, the 80, 90 and 100 degree whiskey has the same number of calories in a 1.5 ounce glass as the amount of calories supplied by the vodka. Drink whiskey on the rocks or try to mix it in the coffee or with a low-calorie mixer. If you prefer your whiskey with cola, be careful when using the diet soda to reduce your calorie intake. A 2013 study conducted at Northern Kentucky University suggests that consuming alcohol with artificial sweeteners such as diet soda can cause you to intoxicate faster than with sugar-containing mixers.

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