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Can You Drink Alcohol on the Keto Diet?

There’s a lot of chatter about the do’s and don’t with the keto diet. One of the most common questions is if you can drink alcohol while on the keto diet.

And the answer is….


Even though there are usually carbs in alcohol, you can still drink it in limited amounts.
Realize that on days when you do choose to consume alcohol, depending on what you choose, you may have to adjust your carbs from other sources. This may mean making tough decisions, like having a drink but skipping a small amount of fruit or Greek yogurt.

In general, the simpler the better: Spirits are the best choice (avoid mixers that have calories), followed by wine. Your best bet is to stick with a half drink, due to their lower alcohol percentage and other ingredients, beer and wine can eat up a lot of your allotted carbs, and they don’t give back in terms of vitamins and minerals. It’s a waste of your daily carbs.

Here’s what each alcoholic drink contains, carb-wise:

Spirits: gin, rum, vodka, whiskey, 1.5 fluid ounce (fl oz), 0 g carbs (1 serving)

Red wine, 5 fl oz, 4 g carbs (1 serving)

White wine, 5 fl oz, 4 g carbs (1 serving)

Light beer, 12 fl oz, 6 g carbs (Stick to half of a beer if this is your choice.)

So, now that you know the details of how alcohol and keto go together, the decision is yours whether or not to cut alcohol out, or consume in moderation.

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