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New Year’s Eve: drink this, not that (infographic)

Dec. 30, 2015

Uncorking the bubbly this New Year's Eve? Lower your calorie count with these tips from Stephanie Metzner, a registered dietitian who works at Sharp Rees-Stealy. As always, keep your celebration safe. And for the healthiest holiday yet, get creative with fancy non-alcoholic "mocktails."

New Year’s Eve: drink this, not that (infographic). Headed to a New Year’s party, but worried about the calories in your favorite festive drink? Consider these options. Safety first. Whatever you choose, staying safe should be your first priority. Drink responsibly, never drink and drive, and always have a plan for getting home. Wine about it. Drink red wine, not white wine. Why? Red wine has a lower sugar content and higher antioxidant levels. There are 5 ounces in a one-glass serving. That’s about 2/3 of a small wine glass and roughly 125 calories. Drink this: champagne. Drink champagne instead of red or white wine. A 4-ounce serving of champagne has 90 calories, which is fewer than in the same amount of wine. Here’s a fun champagne fact: There are 90 pounds per inch of pressure in a bottle of champagne. That’s more than triple the pressure in a car tire. All about beer. Drink light beer, not dark beer. Light beer keeps the flavor without the added calories. There are approximately 100 calories in a can or bottle of light beer, as opposed to dark beer’s 150 calories. Crafty Cocktails. Drink diet or club soda cocktails, not juice cocktails. Cocktails made with juice have more sugar, and their sweet taste can mask high alcohol content. You should be using 1.5 ounces of distilled liquor for one standard drink. Drink low-proof liquor instead of high-proof liquor. Low-proof alcohol, such as 80-proof vodka, has less alcohol and fewer calories than higher-proof options. There are 37 times more toxic compounds in bourbon than vodka. The clearer the liquor, the less refined it is. Be smart about alcohol consumption, says Stephanie Metzner, a registered dietitian at Sharp Rees-Stealy. Alternating water and alcoholic drinks can help you stay hydrated and feel much better in the morning.

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