How can I avoid drinking too much when I'm out with friends?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
There’s nothing wrong with having a cocktail or two, but it’s easy to overdo it. The next time you’re your sipping on something with friends, consider these points:
  • Cut back: Having only two glasses of red wine as opposed to four translates into saving about 300 calories a night. Over the course of a year, that’s 21 cups of sugar, equating to a 5-pound weight loss.
  • Make smart swaps: Instead of wine, try a vodka and soda. You’ll save around 100 calories. Flavored vodka with soda water provides a bubbly burst of sweetness without the excessive sugar or calories.
  • If your drink of choice is white wine, try creating your own spritzer: Use about 4 ounces of white wine with a big splash of lemon-lime seltzer water for around only 100 calories.
  • Go virgin: Don’t forget, you can still toast with classy cocktails sans alcohol.
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