What’s the Healthiest Way I Can Drink Alcohol

Weight Loss & Nutrition

About PJ

It’s a satisfying feeling to be part of a team that has such a positive impact on people’s lives. I graduated from Health and Sports Science in 2004 as an Exercise Physiologist. It’s my job at Ignite to do whatever I can to ensure our clients are using Ignite and getting the great results that everyone wants.

‘So PJ, what’s the healthiest way I can drink drink alcohol?’ asks a certain inquisitive, serial life hacking, Ignite client.

‘Well there’s no ‘healthy’ alcohol, I mean if you were to look at it purely’….. I begin to reply…….

“Yeah, yeah I know………. look, I’m going to drink no matter what you say, how can I do it with minimal negative effects on what I’m trying to achieve with my health and fitness?

This is the conversation that inspired this article and yes I feel somewhat conflicted in writing it… but here goes! The ‘healthier’ approach to enjoying your favourite alcoholic Beverage!
1) Drink earlier: More lunch time tipples and less night caps! One of the reasons alcohol is so good at sabotaging our health and fitness efforts is the negative impact it has on our sleep and the knock on effect this has into the next day. Enjoy a drink or 2 at lunch and it will be out of your system before bed with minimal to no negative impact on your zzz’s!
2) Drink lower calorie options! More vodka, lime and sodas (bubble water) and less beer and white wine. White spirits and then regular sprits come with far less carb calories than beer, wine, mixed drinks and cocktails.
3) Get some Anti Oxidants: Resveratol, found in red wine, is a powerful anti oxidant and has a range of well publicised health benefits including reduced arterial stiffness and reduced oxidation in Type 2 diabetics.  Unfortunately the detrimental effects of the alcohol outweigh the antioxidant benefits beyond the first glass but a single glass of red with dinner is a good choice.
4) Don’t lose the plot with your food. Wine + cheese’n crackers, beer + pizza, alcohol and bad food often go together. If you enjoy a drink you can minimise the damage by not letting your food choices go out the window every time you decide to enjoy a glass or two.
*Keeping food on point when drinking is why many of your Ignite trainers who enjoy a drink still keep their 6 pack abs”.
5) Pre hydrate: Given the well known diuretic effect of alcohol (it makes you pee and dehydrates you), the last thing you want to do is start drinking when you’re already dehydrated which is often when people like to have a drink … i.e. after a long walk on the weekend or after doing some garden work or after a long hard day in an air conditioned office.
6) Stick to 1 or 2: Generally at this amount there is no hangover, the effect on sleep is minimal, you can get up and train etc the next day without a problem, and what’s more you can drive home from wherever you’ve been. I find it’s usually the first 1 or 2 drinks that taste the best and are most satisfying anyway!!
There you have it folks, unfortunately there’s no magic ‘healthy’ way of having a drink though there are certainly ways to minimise the damage and some types of alcohol with less calories and some redeeming features.
By following some or all of the tips above you can minimise the negative effects that your relationship with alcohol can have on your health and fitness pursuits and still enjoy your drink of choice!

  • Rocket

    Thanks PJ and Team Alexandria, I really miss you. Luckily, I have found a friendly and professional gym in my new home of Newcastle. Strength Republic are getting me back to where you guys had me. Have a great Xmas/New Year and keep being as fabulous as you are. XX

  • Thanks Rocket. Stoked to hear you have found strength republic. You go girl