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Tips For Alcohol On A Low-Carb Diet


Can I really drink alcohol on a low carb diet?


Absolutely! When it comes to adult beverages, there are definitely some better options for those living the low-sugar lifestyle. 

  • Wine and champagne are relatively low in carbs. Dry red and white wines are better than sweet. In general, a 5 oz glass of wine has about 6 tsp of sugar.
  •  Mix pure liquors (whiskey, vodka, tequila, gin, etc) with low-sugar beverages such as diet soda, carbonated flavored water (La Croix, Bubly), or soda water with lemon/lime. Avoid sugary mixed drinks, hard lemonade, and wine coolers. Typically, a 1.5 oz shot of liquor will have about 5 tsp of sugar.
  •  Beer: light beers are better than dark. The darker the beer, the more sugar it will have!

Beer Tsp of Sugar
Bud Select 55 2.75
Miller 64 3.2
Michelob Ultra 4.75
Busch Light 4.75
Natural Light 4.75
Miller Light 4.8
Bud Select 5
Keystone Light 5
Coors Light 5.1
Bud Light 5.5
Leinenkugel Summer Shandy 6.5
Blue Moon 8.2
Sam Adams IPA 8.75


  • There are numerous options available for hard sparkling seltzers as well!

Flavored Drink Tsp of Sugar
Henry's Hard Sparkling Water 4.4
Smirnoff Spiked Sparkling Seltzer 4.5
White Claw Hard Seltzer 5
Mike's Lite Lemonade 5.5
Spiked Seltzer 7
Red's Apple Ale 8.25
Mike's Hard Lemonade 11


Also note: HYDRATE! Most people on a low-carb diet need significantly less alcohol to get intoxicated, so be careful when drinking! Try to have a water in-between each alcoholic drink, and don't drink on an empty stomach.