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Alcohol during the holidays: how not to spend the holidays at the bottom of a bottle

If you consume alcoholic beverages during the holidays, exercise moderation and make good choices with these 4 tips.

Parties, barbecues with friends, returning from the beach, summer is full of opportunities to drink alcohol. It’s easy to get carried away with the urge to eat and drink when you’re in a festive mood. But it’s important to make smart choices now to stay healthy, especially when it comes to drinking alcohol. You can always enjoy a cocktail, a beer, a glass of wine or a cup of your aunt’s famous eggnog, but keep moderation in mind.

The weight of “liquid calories”

Many people drink thinking that liquid calories “don’t count.” But that couldn’t be further from the truth. Serving sizes for alcoholic beverages vary depending on the alcohol content of the drink and the amount of carbohydrates (usually in the form of sugar) it contains. For example, one serving is 355 milliliters of beer, 148 milliliters of wine, and 44 milliliters of distilled spirits. A serving of alcohol contains 100 to 150 calories, but that doesn’t include the sugary or high-calorie ingredients that typically come with cocktails or party drinks. For example, a cup of eggnog, a cane sugar martini, or a glass of sangria can contain 250 calories or more for a single serving.

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As you can see, party drinks can be a real hindrance when it comes to health and wellness.

Here are some tips to help you drink smarter while on vacation:

1 Drink water between alcoholic drinks

Not only will this help you stay hydrated, but it will also help you slow down your drinking and feel comfortable in a social setting. (No one needs to know it’s not alcohol).

2 Use low-calorie alcohol additions.

Such as calorie-free soda or sparkling water or lemon and lime wedges, to help cut down on added calories. You can also make healthier ingredient swaps without sacrificing flavor.

3 Be in moderation

Enjoy your drinks by sipping them slowly. Being mindful can help you reduce your overall calorie intake without feeling restricted.

4 Also remember that alcohol can increase your appetite and cause you to eat more.

A little planning can go a long way when you’re in the mood to snack. Fruits and vegetables as an aperitif are always good options to have on hand.

You are now ready to toast to a healthy and radiant return to school. Cheers !

Bonus: Keep These Tips in Mind

  • Set realistic vacation goals. An “all or nothing” approach rarely works. Be honest with yourself and make a plan before an event where you might drink.
  • Begin or continue to improve your eating habits. Examples of easy vacation wins are taking a walk after a meal, drinking plenty of water, and practicing mindful eating and drinking.
  • If you decide to treat yourself to an alcoholic drink, do so in moderation. This means that women of all ages and men over 65 should drink no more than one standard drink per day, and men 65 and under up to two standard drinks per day.
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