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Want the Most Booze per Calorie? Skip Liquor and Go For Champagne

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In surprising booze news, Wonkblog's Christopher Ingraham gives an unexpected (and classy) spin to conventional drinking wisdom: if you're looking to get the most alcoholic punch per calorie, don't reach for "the hard stuff." You're better off drinking champagne or sparkling wine.


The whole evaluation is great—you really should read Ingraham's entire data-driven look at the efficiency of various types of alcoholic beverages. Turns out, those bottles with "skinny" on the label don't really give you much of an advantage over the stuff you used to sneak from your parent's liquor cabinet.

Ingraham looks at a whole bunch of different types of booze, explaining the best choice whether you're avoid calories and don't care about the buzz, or you want each calorie to pack a punch. Go ahead and check it out. You'll probably learn something you didn't know about your favorite tipple.


Just please, enjoy yourself responsibly. Champagne, after all, is a dignified drink. [Washington Post]

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Admiral Asskicker

Its always been a topic of porosity for me: Does the calorie count for liquor even matter? Can your body even process ethanol into fat/muscle/protein (chemically I would think this is impossible)? I mean calories are essential measured by lighting the food on fire, but your body doesn't exactly work like that, I would imagine you gain no energy/weight from ethanol that isn't pissed out within hours.