We have all heard about the benefits one gets from drinking a glass of red wine daily, but what about everything else alcoholic? There are no safe or healthy alcoholic drinks, but there are ways to reduce the harmful effects of alcoholic drinks while still being able to enjoy them. Throughout my years of bartending I have learned many tricks when it comes to drinking more responsibly.
Quality over Quantity
Several (not all) top shelf liquors are made better and in better quarters. A lot of them use purified water (as opposed to good ol’ tap water) and are fermented and mixed in better quality barrels and tanks. Top shelf liquor manufacturers also tend to fare better financially and this typically results in cleaner and more updated facilities in which the liquor is made, mixed and bottled.
Amount per Serving
Most bars dispense 1.5-2.0 ounces per liquor in standard mixed drinks as well as on the rocks. When you drink at home you can better control the portions. Alcoholic drinks host hundreds of empty calories and they also dehydrate you. Next time you order a scotch on the rocks ask them to add a little water to it or if you cannot stomach watered down booze get a glass of water on the side (one glass of water per drink) and actually drink it! Another alternative is to drink at home. Drinking at home allows you to control the portions of alcohol dispensed and it will save you a ton of money in the long run (on average 3-5 whiskey drinks at the bar cost about the same as an entire bottle of whiskey for home use). If you are like me and enjoy a whiskey soda after a long day I would recommend filling the glass (standard rocks glass) with ice and only putting in only 1.2 ounces of whiskey instead of 1.5 ounces then top with desired amount of soda water. That will save you 10.95 ounces of liver killing whiskey per year if you drink one drink per night!