Drinking isn't the healthiest pastime. In fact, a 2018 study from The Lancet shows that no amount of alcohol is actually good for you. But hey, we still do it, and experts say that drinking in moderation (that’s one drink per day for women and up to two drinks per day for men) is probably okay.

When you do imbibe, one way you can make it healthier is choosing the lowest -kJ alcohol, ensuring your sipper will have as minimal impact as possible on your weight. “Alcohol itself is very kilojoule dense,” says dietitian Lisa Moskovitz. “The more alcohol a drink has, the more kilojoules it contains-just one shot of any sort of liquor is about 400kJ,” she says.

Kilojoules in alcohol: They add up fast

If you start having two 150mL pours of red wine every night of the week, that tacks an extra 7,322kJ (1,750cal) onto your diet every week. And if you change nothing else about what you're consuming, those extra kilojoules could add up to 11.34 of weight gain over the course of a year. Yikes.

How to order the lowest kilojoule alcoholic drinks

Some of the key points to remember when ordering is to ask for no syrups, opt for fresh juices, and watch for portion sizes. A standard serving of beer is 400mL, wine is 150mL, and liquor is 45mL (a shot glass). “The biggest thing to remember is that you’re getting the bulk of your kilojoules from the alcohol itself,” Moskovitz advises. “So, try to pick mixers that don’t contribute extra kilojoules or sugars.”With all this in mind, we asked registered dietitians for tips on how to choose the healthiest alcoholic drink at your next happy hour, and ranked the best low-kJ alcoholic drinks. 

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