Believe it or not, there are some keto diet alcohol drinks that you can have on a low carb diet. One thing many people wonder when they are on the keto diet is "can I drink alcohol?". Alcohol contains about 7 calories per gram. While alcohol doesn't kick you out of ketosis, it can slow your progress. Alcohol is metabolized before fat. This means you are essentially turning off the fat burning process in your body until all of the alcohol has been burned off. Alcohol can actually hit you harder when you've been on a keto diet for a long time. Therefore, you should be careful with your alcohol intake as you may not be able to tolerate the amounts you have drunk before. Carbs actually help reduce blood alcohol levels and the keto diet is low in carbs. So what is the best option for keto diet alcohol drinks?
Beer is usually made from carb-heavy ingredients. The ingredients include barley, hops, yeast, and water. Because of this, most beers are not keto friendly. My general rule of thumb is "the darker the beer, the more carbs it contains". So you basically only have the choice to stick to light beers. Michelob Ultra has about 2.6 carbs per serving. While Miller Lite has 3.2 carbs per serving. Check out this list of carbs in beer if you want more information.
When it comes to wine and the keto diet there are a few things you'll want to avoid. First, cheaper wines tend to have sugar left in them. The rule of thumb here is "the dryer, the better". Dry red and white wines tend to have fewer carbohydrates per glass. Typical dry wines can have 5g of carbs or less per serving. As you move closer to sweeter wines the amount of carbs increases. You can still have a glass of wine with dinner and stick to the keto diet if you go dry. If you go with red wines try Merlot, Pinot Noir, Cabernet, or Zinfandel. For whites look for Champagne, Pino Grigio, Chardonnay, or a dry Riesling.
Most liquor is actually keto-friendly. When looking for a keto alcoholic drink, liquor might be a smart choice. Many unflavored liquors come in at 0 carbs per 1.5oz serving. You may need to watch on some of the flavored types of liquor that are out there. Those can have added sugars in them. So stick to straight liquor or mix with something like a diet soft drink or a keto drink mixer. Some of the best spirits for keto include Vodka, Rum, Gin, and Tequila. You can also have darker liquor like Whiskey, Scotch, Brandy, or Cognac.
John Ward has been experimenting with low carbohydrate diets since the early 2000s. He successfully used a low carb diet to lose 50lbs in the past and currently follows a keto diet for a variety of reasons including general health and managing mood levels.