Tis the season to be jolly; unless you’ve been living on another planet for the last few months, you’ll be well aware that the festive season is fast approaching. Besides a well earned break from work and a chance to catch up with family and friends, the Christmas build up and festive holiday is well renowned for excessive consumption of food and drink.

Unless you have the self control and discipline of a saint, I think most of us, me included, will give in to the temptation of the delicious food and drink which literally seems to be everywhere; from the Christmas parties to your kitchen cupboards.

If you are trying to enjoy Christmas without letting 11 months of hard work go to waste then there are certain ways to avoid excessive consumption. One area that individuals often fall down on is there alcohol consumption levels. This is made increasingly difficult as many alcoholic beverages have hidden calories. This article explores some of lower alcoholic drinks available so that you can both enjoy Christmas whilst at the same time not over indulge.

Alcohol provides you with 7 calories per gram. This probably won’t mean too much to you and sometimes becomes difficult to work out. Unless you search the internet for your chosen drink’s ingredients and nutritional values then this is likely to remain a mystery. So what alcoholic drinks are available with calories in moderation?

Low Calorie Alcoholic Drinks
Red Wine:

This alcoholic drink is a popular choice during the festive period and on average, a 5 oz glass will provide approximately 120 calories. Previous research has also indicated that in moderation, red wine can actually assist in achieving lower cholesterol levels. To further reduce this calorie content, why not mix it with diet lemonade or soda water.


In this cold weather and during the festive period more and more individuals seem to turn to their chosen spirits. On average, a 1.5 oz shot of gin, whiskey, rum or vodka will provide you with approximately 96 calories. These can be further limited by again mixing with a diet drink or soda water. Try to avoid alco-pops where possible, due to their hidden sugars.

Lager/ Beer:

Are you shocked to see this on the list of low calorie alternatives? Nowadays, many of your favourite brands will offer light alternatives. This basically means a similar taste at half the calories and can reduce intake levels down to 70-100 per 12 oz serving. Alternatively, why not fill half the glass with your chosen beer and the rest with diet lemonade.

Final Word

Christmas doesn’t have to be costly to your health and fitness. This article has provided numerous drink alternatives which allow you to enjoy alcohol sensibly for less than 100 calories per serving.

If you want further information on your chosen tipple then all calorie and nutritional values can be found on the internet utilising a simple search. The most important take home message is to enjoy alcohol but to enjoy it in moderation. With all this in mind, there’s absolutely no reason why you can’t enjoy this festive period and be ready and raring to go in 2013.