If sobriety isn’t going to cut it while you’re in self isolation, there are a swathe of healthier alcoholic alternatives to choose from. Cheers to that.
Thanks to new restrictions implemented by the government in light of the coronavirus pandemic, we won’t be hitting up our favourite pubs, clubs and bars for Friday night drinks anytime soon.
But with bottle shops deemed as an “essential service” and Aussies being left at home in isolation, statistics show we’re buying – and drinking – more than ever before.
A new national YouGov poll, commissioned by the Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education, conducted at the beginning of April found 20 per cent of the 1,035 respondents were purchasing more alcohol, 70 per cent of them were drinking more than normal and a third of them were drinking daily.
The statistics are quite frightening, but there’s no reason you should stop drinking altogether. Instead, it’s time to reconsider your drink of choice – especially considering the increasingly sedentary lifestyles being forced upon us by self-isolation.
Thankfully, there are a number of options that will ensure you can keep your fitness and health goals intact as you sip on your beverage of choice – and the best news? All of the following bevs can be ordered online and brought straight to your door with contactless delivery, to keep potential infection at a minimum.
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If your idea of unwinding is sipping on a glass of wine, you’ll love these healthier options.
The Vegan Wine Project’s Shiraz ($16) and Yalumba’s Y Series Pinot Grigio ($14 from BWS)
These vegan wines skip the fining agents (including milk protein, egg whites, and gelatine) used in most wines, which means they contain less sulphites and chemicals than your average bottle of vino. Meaning less of a hangover.
See No Evil Organic Rosé, Hear No Evil Organic Sauvignon Blanc, and Speak No Evil Organic Shiraz ($24.99 from Jimmy Brings)
Organic wines, such as these from Jimmy Brings, use grapes grown without any interference from artificial fertilisers, pesticides, fungicides and herbicides. They’re also high in antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and resveratrol, which can lower cholesterol levels.
Jacob’s Creek Better By Half ($22 from Liquorland)
With only 5.5 per cent alcohol and 36 calories per 100ml glass, it’s okay to drink a glass (or two) more than usual. The range is available in Pinot Grigio, Rosé and Brut Cuvée.
If there’s nothing you love more than cracking open a cold one, the healthier option is to look for a lighter beer that contains less calories and less alcohol. But that doesn’t mean you have to miss out on flavour!
James Boag’s Premium Light ($47.95 for a 24-pack at Dan Murphy’s)
James Boag’s Premium Light brew is 99.9 per cent sugar-free, and contains only 2.5 per cent alcohol compared to the 4.6 per cent of a full-strength beer.
Hahn’s Premium Light ($43 for a 24-pack at Liquorland)
Hahn’s Premium Light is also low in alcohol, at 2.4 per cent. It has the added benefits of being preservative-free and 99.9 per cent sugar-free – winner!
Spirits are a great lower-calorie option, provided your mixers are also low-cal!
El Jimador Reposado Tequila ($54.99 for 700mL at BoozeBud)
The healthiest choice of spirits is tequila, which is low in calories and contains natural sugars (agavins) that don’t raise your blood sugar. This pick from El Jimador uses 100 per cent agave, for natural colour and flavour – no nasty additives!
Seedlip non-alcoholic spirits ($49.95 at David Jones)
If you’re after the healthiest way to enjoy alcohol, why not give non-alcoholic spirits a whirl? You can still enjoy your favourite bevs with a zero per cent chance of a hangover. We love Seedlip’s range of non-alcoholic botanical spirits which all contain no calories, sugar, sweetener or artificial flavours.
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