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Is Social Drinking Making You Fat?

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Who knew that one single pina colada has just under 400 calories, or that a three-ounce coffee liquer has around 350? Or how about a Long Island Iced Tea that tips the scales at 780 calories or a Mai Tai at 350? Unlike other things that we consume, alcohol beverages have no nutritional label - at least most of them do not. And this is especially true if you are drinking in a bar or club, since the owner is unlikely to post a calorie content chart for you to check before you order a drink. But the truth is that a night of drinking can end up adding additional girth to your waistline, and if you party with alcohol often, then it can actually make you fat. The alcohol itself may not pack that big of a caloric punch, but the other ingredients in drinks can often put them over the top.

Some tips to keep the drinks come, just lower in calories:

  • - Choose low-calorie mixers. For example, mixing your liquor with diet soda can shave 90-100 calories off your drink, right off the top. Some other low calorie mixers include orange juice, light lemonade, light juice, coffee or tea, sugar free sweet and sour mix, lemon juice and lime juice.
  • - Go light. Light beer, light wine, and other drinks are available. Just as it takes a bit of getting used to with diet soda, so it is with low-calorie drinks. But you will get used to it over time. And your waistline will thank you for it.
  • - Alternate drinks. Have a cocktail and then go for a diet soda or water with lime, then a cocktail, and so on. Switching back and forth helps to cut calories while also keeping you hydrated so that you don’t get a hangover!
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