DIET AND LIFESTYLE
Alcohol and a balanced diet
Most adults across Canada enjoy drinking and do so within the daily responsible drinking guidelines – that is 2 drinks for women and 3 drinks for men. In this section we have ideas to help you maintain a balance to having a good time without going over the top. View our Top tips for responsible drinking as part of a healthy lifestyle.
It is important to include drinking alcohol only as part of a balanced diet and lifestyle that includes plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables, not smoking, maintaining a low BMI and exercise, of course.
Alcohol is fat free but high in calories. A regular beer has approximately 150 calories and a glass of dry wine has 120 calories – about the same as an apple juice. Binge drinking can make you feel hungry though, as alcohol stimulates your appetite while reducing your self-control, so you're more likely to binge eat if you binge drink.
Healthy lifestyle and the Mediterranean diet
Studies have shown that a healthier, ‘Mediterranean’ type diet, high in fruits, vegetables, fish, salad and olive oil and including alcohol in moderation, leads to greater longevity and a significant reduction in heart disease, late on set diabetes and stroke.
Following the five heart healthy lifestyle factors of staying slim, not smoking, exercising gently daily and eating a balanced diet high in fibre, fruit and vegetables and low in saturated fats and drinking between 1/2 and two drinks a day, more than halves the risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes and stroke.
Drink with food
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