Should You Reach for that Pint or Take a Shot Instead?


Usually during this time of the year most people make resolutions regarding their health and fitness. If you are one of them, you may have wondered which drink to order at the bar that would be better for your health – beer or hard liquor?

It’s important to understand that drinking should always be done in moderation and that means sticking to the daily recommended amount, however if calories and content are more of a concern, then you may want to know this.

  1. A regular serving of beer contains 150 calories and light beer 105. A shot of hard liquor contains around 96 calories.
  2. Don’t add mixers to your hard liquor because this will pack on the calories. For example a shot of hard liquor in a glass of orange juice is 216 calories. Opt for seltzer, water and ice instead.
  3. Hard liquor such as gin and vodka is carb and protein free. Regular beer contains carbs and a small amount of protein.
  4. Beer has a small amount of vitamins and minerals such as B vitamins, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus and selenium while hard liquor has none.