Here are two examples of alcoholic drinks popular during the festive season and what’s in each drink.

Peppermint Hot Chocolate

  • Bar of chocolate, broken into chunks:  Dark chocolate in small amounts reduces low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol levels (bad fats) and slows down memory decline. Opt for chocolates that are 70 percent cacao (or cocoa, which is cacao in its roasted, ground form).
  • Milk:  Alternatives such as almond and soy milk have lower fat content, but cow’s milk offers a rich source of calcium, a mineral essential for healthy bones and teeth.
  • Peppermint stick 
  • Sugar: A sugar-laden diet has been linked to weight gain, cavities and an increased risk of heart disease.

Cranberry Margarita

  • Cranberry juice: Juice is loaded with fructose (natural sugar). Excessive amounts and increased calorie intake can lead to obesity and Type 2 Diabetes.
  • Lime juice
  • Tequila (Alcoholic element) In moderation, alcohol is said to help stimulate metabolism, dissolve fats and aid digestion.
  • Orange-flavoured liqueur  (Alcoholic element)
  • Lime wedges for garnish, if desired: Lime is high in vitamin C and antioxidants, which help to boost the immune system. Lime juice and peel can help decrease fatty streaks in coronary arteries, which are indicators of plaque build-up and subsequent cardiovascular disease.

One for the Road This Festive Season?

Alcoholic beverages are generally high in sugar content and calories — a glass of whisky and Coke contains 250 calories, for example. Excessive alcohol consumption can lead to increased calorie intake, major health problems, including liver damage and/or diseases. Chronic heavy drinking is linked to a slew of health conditions including increased risk of cancer, cardiovascular disease, brain damage, memory loss, gout and pancreatitis. Always drink in moderation even on special occasions, and never drink and drive.

Related: Reduce Sugar in Your Coffee for a Healthier Drink

How Much is Too Much?

Limit your intake of alcoholic beverages as they are generally high in calories.

A standard alcoholic drink is defined as a regular can of beer (330ml), half a glass of wine (175 ml) or one nip of spirit (35ml).

  • For men: No more than TWO standard drinks a day
  • For women: No more than ONE standard drink a day

Let's Party

Keep these health tips in mind for a healthy party season

  • Practice control: Say “no” if you’re not up for another drink.
  • Get sufficient sleep:  HPB recommends six to eight hours of sleep each day.
  • Exercise regularly:  Continue working out throughout the holidays.

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