Last Updated on September 9, 2020
I’ve been asked so many times, “What’s the best alcohol to drink if I want to say healthy?”
I wouldn’t call any type of alcohol “healthy,” but in my experience, vodka and gin have the most minimal effects on the GI tract.
Vodka has been filtered so many times through charcoal to clean out the impurities, and it tends to have the least effect on the small and large bowel – although this isn’t necessarily true for the stomach.
Of course, vodka and gin in excess are going to be hard on the body in general.
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Beer has to be amongst some of the worst types of alcohol for the gut. The same is true for high FODMAP wines. Some of these wines contain loads of sugar. Dessert wines, muscats, and some pinot noirs are very high in sugar.
To keep your intake of alcohol in the “healthy as possible” range, I’d recommend limiting it to one drink for women and two drinks for men at any one sitting. Some people argue that there is no amount of alcohol that is healthy. However, I do know some people who have had very moderate intake for their entire adult life and are in excellent health.
For those people who aren’t able to stop at one or two drinks, they are best avoiding alcohol altogether.