I find there’s a lot of confusion around alcohol and how it influences your health. Obviously a lot of alcohol isn’t good for you. And now the trend to be alcohol-free. But is there a middle ground that’s healthy?
Hopefully today’s article will help you make a choice that works for you!
What’s the Science on Alcohol & Cancer?
The Bottom Line: The less alcohol you drink, the lower your risk for cancer.
Contrary to what you may have heard, drinking red wine is NOT necessarily “good for your heart,” or any other part of your body!
According to the American Institute for Cancer Research, for cancer prevention, it’s best not to drink alcohol. Drinking any kind of alcohol increases the risk of several cancers, including breast, head and neck, and esophageal cancers. Reducing alcohol consumption lowers risk.
What is “Moderation”?
The official definition of moderation is no more than two drinks a day for men and one drink a day for women. No, you can’t save those up for the weekend!
A drink is defined as:
- 12 oz beer (5-6% ABV)
- 5 oz glass of wine
- 1.5 oz of 80 proof liquor
However, drinking any kind of alcohol increases the risk of several common cancers, so if you choose to drink alcohol, it’s wise to drink thoughtfully and in moderation.
Alcohol is classified as a Group 1 carcinogen.www.aicr.org
Julie’s Wise Drinking Recommendations:
- Choose nonalcoholic as often as is reasonable for you
- Opt for lower alcohol by volume (ABV) drinks
- Alternate alcohol with water or other nonalcoholic beverage
- Slow down and enjoy each sip
- Keep some alcohol-free days each week
Alcohol Free Bottled Beverage Ideas
If you want something nonalcoholic and simple, try one of these bottled beverages:
- nonalcoholic beer
- nonalcoholic cider
- nonalcoholic wine
- sparkling water
- ginger beer
- unsweetened iced tea
- good old water with lemon or lime slices
When choosing alternatives to alcohol, read the ingredient list to know what ingredients are present. The healthiest alternatives will be low in added sugar.
Mocktails are a refreshing and flavorful beverage option that can be enjoyed by everyone, regardless of whether or not they drink alcohol.
Start simple! Try a combo of 100% fruit juice, sparkling water and lemon or lime juice. To make it “fancy,” add some fresh fruit to garnish.
Do you have a favorite healthy and nonalcoholic beverage? I’d love to hear it!