But too many can’t imbibe when they indulge in holiday festivities. They might have to drive, for instance, or they have dietary issues, or they have to go into work a little sooner than they’d like.
“There are a whole lot of reasons why people are not drinking, including they just don’t want the calories,” said Sally Squires, who writes the Lean Plate Club™ blog.
No, not everyone can partake. The good news is, they still have options: Non-alcoholic drinks these days don’t necessarily end at soda and juice.
“There are a surprising number of non-alcoholic options,” said Squires, and that begins with beer. Non-alcoholic brews’ flavor, she said, can fool even the most discriminating beer nerd. Brands to look for include Weihenstephan, as well as Clausthaler, St. Pauli and, of course, O’Doul’s. (Check labels carefully if you really can’t have alcohol. Many of these, she said, still “contain a little bit.”)
Wine drinkers have options, too, she said. Carl Jung Wines, for example, have less than one-fourth of 1 percent of alcohol. That translates to about a third of the calories in regular wines — 4 ounces only contain 28 calories.
“That’s basically having a couple of sticks of gum,” she told WTOP’s Debra Feinstein and Mark Lewis.
Carl Jung’s varieties include a Riesling, a chardonnay, a Merlot and “a sparkling wine that has a little peach in it, so that you could use it in place of Champagne,” Squires said.