The holiday season is filled with many unsolved mysteries. One of these puzzles involves finding the correct amount of alcohol. By the wayRight amount, drinking fans and aficionados, we mean the Healthy amount. 

Adult men should drink no more than 2 drinks per day, and adults women should consume 1 or 2. You can’t deny that the holidays are worth a couple of drinks to enjoy turkey carving and football watching, or a game of Charades with your family. 

Drinking alcohol for health reasons can prove difficult especially during holidays such as New Year’s Eve, when drinking is a common habit. However, you don’t have to give up drinking and still enjoy yourself. This guide will help you maintain that balance. 

When does drinking become binge drinking? 

In order to binge drink, you must consume at least five beverages for men and four for women during a two hour period. Due to the social pressures of holiday season binge drinking may happen accidentally. Experts recommend that you limit your intake of alcoholic drinks throughout the day. 

Brian Dugan in Chicago is a registered dietician and nutritionist. 

Dugan stated that alcohol management can become difficult during holidays. Dugan said that all types of alcohol can lead to health problems. It’s best practice to be mindful by spreading drinks out over the course of the day and sip to be social versus drinking really fast. Even if you’re drinking alcohol, it is vital to keep hydrated. 

Over-drinking can not only lead to a bad hangover, but it can also lead to issues the next day, like vomiting and alcohol poisoning. This is not to mention liver problems. Dugan said that alcohol consumption at holiday parties is affected by what people eat. This means that any green food (ahem, green beans), to go with the endless supply of carbs and turkey, is essential. 

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Dugan said, “It is crucial to consume lots of fiber-rich foods and vegetables.” Due to its effects on metabolism, too much alcohol can cause poisoning in the body. A good way to make a change is to eat lean protein in addition the mac, cheese, and stuffing. 

Ijeoma Oba, an assistant professor of behavioral and social sciences at Yale School of Public Health said that binging during holidays can be caused by social pressure. 

Opara explained that alcohol can be depressant. Many people use it to manage certain situations without even realizing. “Because you can easily convince yourself it’s one day of drinking a lot and then it’ll be one or two weeks of the same thing. Becoming aware of your drinking patterns is crucial and making conscious choices about how much alcohol you consume.

It is important not to feel like you have to drink just because someone else does. Children should not be surrounded by adults who drink too much. The kids are looking. While they might not be able to say much, all of them remember a drunk uncle who fell to the floor. 

What has happened to holiday drinking since the pandemic? 

The rise in alcohol consumption in the aftermath of the pandemic was likely due to quarantine. A study published in October showed a positive correlation between an increase in people waiting for liver transplants and an increase in alcohol retail sales during the pandemic. 

The study falls in line with previous pandemic research, including one study that reported nearly 1 in 5 Americans turning to “heavy drinking” to cope as recently as April. 

Nearly 5 percent of respondents report heavy drinking.Americans use alcohol to deal with stress from pandemics

As COVID-19 concerns diminish, are we to be worried about a national Hangover from the boxed-in nature of quarantining – meaning the euphoria of a first large Thanksgiving or Christmas gathering in two years could prompt more alcohol consumption. 

“We definitely saw a rise of drinking alcohol during the pandemic because liquor stores were deemed essential and people were feeling extremely anxious about everything,” said Opara who conducted a study on the misuse of alcohol by New Yorkers during lockdown. When you take all that into consideration, you can see how people could be bombarded by interaction. They might have to go out with family members or get together for the first-time in many years. Although it’s thrilling, this doesn’t alter the “narrative” of safe drinking. 

Is it important which type of beverage you drink? 

If you’re going to grab a drink, dietitians recommend reaching for clear liquors like vodka and gin as those tend to be lower in calorie content. 

For those who are trying to gain weight or muscle, it is important that they don’t consume alcohol with high sugar levels. 

Dugan stated that wine has the most health benefits and is a good choice for Thanksgiving. However, he noted that every alcohol beverage has pros and cons. 

I like asking people “What are you trying accomplish?” He said that if there are multiple low-calorie beer options, it might be worth having the IPA with the same name. You can drink what you like, but be proactive and make it an active endeavor. This should not only be good for your health, but it also have the potential to sustain you and your soul.

How many calories are in an alcoholic beverage?

The National Institutes of Health defines a serving size as 12 fluid oz. Beer, 5 fluid oz. Wine and 1.5 fluid oz. of distilled spirits.

Below, you can see how many calories your drink type has. This was calculated using the NIH serving size guide.

  • Light beer: 103 calories
  • Red wine: 125 calories
  • Margarita: 168 calories
  • Martini: 124 calories
  • Tequila: 97 calories
  • Brandy: 98 calories

You are concerned that your alcohol consumption might be excessive. The NIH has guidance on risks of alcohol use and how to reduce your risk.

Contributing: Rasha Ali



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