Okay, I don’t want to be the diet Scrooge during the Holidays as I certainly hope you enjoy these times with family and friends to the fullest. However, some of you that drink may be able to lessen the holiday blow to your diet by making wiser choices that really aren’t much of a sacrifice. Take a gander at the following link containing calorie counts for some the more popular alcoholic beverages: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/custom/2005/12/19/CU2005121900285.html As you can see, there is a wide disparity among the calorie counts. The reason for the disparity is attributed to many factors such as the number of alcohol servings in the drink (1 gram of alcohol has 7 calories compared with only 4 calories for a gram of carbohydrate), the proof of the alcohol, the size of the drink, and most importantly, the type of mixer used. Therefore as a general rule of thumb, try to stick with wine, light beer, simple cocktails made with low-calorie mixers, or have your favorite spirit on the rocks. Doing so may help some of you curb the holiday impact and start the New Year with a fresh recognition that making better diet choices isn’t much of a sacrifice after all. The following is a great article from WebMD with more detail on this subject: http://www.webmd.com/diet/features/low-calorie-cocktails. Happy Holidays!