Alcohol is high in calories and has few nutrients. If you drink and this is approved by your doctor, please drink wisely and moderately. Moderate drinking is 1 drink per day for women (1 ounce liquor, 4 ounces wine or 12 ounces beer) and 2 drinks per day for men (2 ounce liquor, 8 ounces wine or 24 ounces beer).
Alcohol is metabolized similar to fat in the liver. Your liver supplies you with glucose for energy when you are not eating. When you drink alcohol and have not eaten any food, your body concentrates on breaking down the alcohol and forgets to send out glucose into the bloodstream. This can cause you to have hypoglycemia (low blood sugar). Try to eat some food, like cheese and crackers) if you indulge moderately in alcohol. With mixed drinks, use diet soda, diet tonic, club soda, or vegetable juice (low-sodium).
Keep in mind that red wine contains high levels of resveratrol – a heart healthy antioxidant – and may help to increase HDL (health cholesterol) levels. If you choose beer, try light beer. The calories and carbohydrate amounts are significantly different from regular beer. Regular beer has 145 calories per serving and 13 grams of carbohydrates. Light beer has 99 calories and 4 grams of carbohydrates. All distilled spirits (liquor) per ounce has about 100 calories and zero carbohydrates. Wine (per 4 ounce glass) has about 75 calories and 1-2 grams of carbohydrates.