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It’s the start of a new year, and one of the most common new year’s resolutions is to be healthier – but it’s hard to see the benefits of a healthy diet and exercise when you’re going out and drinking every weekend. Here are some tips on the healthiest ways to drink alcohol without ruining the fun:

Neat or On The Rocks
As tempting as mixers might be since they sweeten the taste, drinking liquor straight or with a little ice is the healthiest way to take it, and even though they’re usually served as a double shot, the point is to take sips and drink them slowly. Vodka, gin, whiskey, and scotch are clearer types of alcohol and therefore go easier on the body, and also are lower in calories. So instead of mixing them with ginger ale or pineapple juice – as tasty as it might be – drinking your liquor neat or on the rocks is definitely the healthier option.

Wine Not?
There’s nothing like a delicious glass (or four) of great wine – and it’s even better knowing that it’s one of the healthiest ways to drink alcohol. Not only is it one of the best options, but wine actually has health benefits! Studies have shown that there is a certain antioxidant, resveratrol, present in wine that can lower bad cholesterol levels and boost good cholesterol, and it can also reduce the risk of depression, cancer, and diabetes.

Go Light on the Beer
Beer has a reputation set for itself with the infamous “beer belly” – but even though almost every beer you drink is high in calories and carbs, we can’t deny that it’s delicious. If you’re a beer lover and wine and hard liquor are not an option, then light beer is probably the best choice. Light beers are a great alternative, but since they come with lower carbs and calories, they also have a lower alcohol content. So if you’re going to be drinking pint upon pint of light beer, that will probably defeat the purpose of drinking “light” in the first place.

Keep Hydrated and Well Fed
The real key to “healthy” drinking is moderation, and drinking water in between alcoholic beverages is a great way of monitoring how much you’ve had, how drunk you are, and how much more you can take. Water can also help to prevent a hangover, so be sure to keep yourself hydrated throughout your night out. Having something starchy or with dairy to eat before you start drinking, and even while you drink, can help to coat your stomach in preparation for the alcohol it’s about to get, which will help to prevent symptoms like nausea, headaches, and feeling sick, apart from also helping to soak up some of the alcohol and therefore mediating your body’s alcohol absorption process.

So if you want to try out some of the healthiest ways to drink alcohol, what better place to go than The Thirsty Barber? Come on over and enjoy some great drinks, fantastic music, and a brilliantly authentic 1920s vibe!

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