You can only drink alcohol on the ketogenic diet under two conditions:
- you drink in moderation (no more than two drinks a day for men and one drink a day for women)
- You only consume low carb and low-calorie alcoholic beverages.
Drinking in moderation will decrease the likelihood that you’ll impair your health and gain weight as a result of consuming alcohol, while only consuming low carb drinks will ensure that you don’t impair your ketone levels and fat burning ability.
Here’s a quick overview of the alcoholic beverages that you can drink while you are on the ketogenic diet:
- Low Calorie Beer. Bud Select, Miller 64, Michelob Ultra. Most beers are very high in carbs so they should be avoided. Typically lighter beers will have nutrition information online, so make sure to check beforehand.
- Unsweetened Wine. Unsweetened/unflavored champagne, dry red wine, and dry white wine. These are going to be the lowest carb wine that you can consume. These typically range in the 4-5g net carbs per glass (5 oz.) range, but you have to be careful.
- Hard Liquor. Vodka, rum, gin, tequila, whiskey. All unsweetened and unflavored liquor will have 0g net carbs. Liqueurs and most mixers do have carbs, so avoid them.
By clicking here, you’ll be directed to our keto and alcohol guide where you will find our full cheat sheet on specific alcoholic beverages with their nutrition values (including carb counts).