An Uncommon Wisdom Guide to Alcohol

This week, D.G. Yuengling & Son replaced Boston Brewing (SAM) as the nation’s top craft beer brewer.

You might not have tried a beer yet from Pottsville, Pa.-based Yuengling. But many bars have several varieties of Sam Adams on tap.

If you like craft beers, you’ll have to let me know if the Brewers Association made the right decision with its new rankings. (As you know, I gravitate toward a “healthy” glass of wine.)

Boston Brewing’s shares dipped slightly after the news. But several wine, beer and alcohol stocks have gained ground during the first quarter, with Constellation Brands (STZ) gaining about 16%, Anheuser-Busch InBev (BUD) adding roughly 14% and SABMiller (SBMRY) moving up just a little over 8% this year.

It’s not surprising that stocks like these are on the move. After all, it seems that drinking alcohol has become part of many of our favorite pastimes here in the United States.

You might uncork champagne on New Year’s Eve. Add some Bailey’s to your coffee on St. Patrick’s Day. Maybe even share a six-pack with friends during Sunday football. Or, maybe sample an exotic cocktail during a night on the town.

As you can see, alcohol is a social norm for many Americans.

Even for the more health-conscious among us, it can be a nice reward to indulge in a favorite, go-to drink every once in a while.

To Your Health!

We may drink to our health, but spirits that prolong or enhance our physical well-being just haven’t been invented yet.

Although there is no “healthy” alcohol, not all drinks are created equal. Some simply do more damage to the body than others.

That’s why today, I want to share what some experts say about the best and worst types of alcohol to drink, from a nutritional standpoint.

Below we’ll talk about the top three drinks to avoid. We’ll also look inside three drinks that some experts suggest could be the least harmful for your body.

We’ve broken down each list by the toxin content each drink contains. The worst drinks contain the most and the “best” drinks contain the least.

Toxins generally refer to added chemicals such as artificial coloring and sweeteners.

However, toxins can also include substances found in nature, such as mold toxins and yeast via fermentation.

The effects of these toxins on the body can vary based on a variety of factors, including your general health.

Choosing wisely can make all the difference between a terrible and bouncing back the next day like you did in your college days.

Too Many Toxins:  3 Alcoholic Drinks to Avoid

Drinking your favorite adult beverage might be a bright spot in your day. But the effects of more than just the alcohol might be more than you bargained for.

These high-toxin drinks may surprise you …

Beer: The Dirtiest of Alcohols

Beer, perhaps the most-common adult beverage in America, might just be the worst type of alcohol you can drink.

Beer contains gluten, yeast and a multitude of mold toxins. This includes one of the most harmful, Ochratoxin A.

Consider that Ochratoxin A is a naturally occurring substance that has been found to suppress immune function.

It is common for the grains to be contaminated with mold from fermentation. This makes beer the dirtiest of alcohols on this list.

Wine: Next in Line

Like beer, red wine is also high in Ochratoxin A and yeast, putting it right behind beer for the most toxins.

The real killer for red wine is that it is unfiltered. In other words, your liver and kidneys have to do all the work to rid the body of a lot more than just alcohol.

Stay Away from Sweets

Don’t let bright and tasty drinks deceive you. Many colored sweetened spirits are also loaded with other surprises.

That’s right. Your favorite cordial might arrive with mold toxins, sugar, artificial colors and harmful chemicals in the glass.

Those kinds of ingredients can be more harmful to the body than the alcohol itself.

Does wine make people feel better … or worse?

It’s one thing to consume the natural toxins within alcohol. However, the manmade chemicals added to these popular drinks can provide a double-whammy.

3 Potentially Better Alcohol Choices:

Feel Better with Fewer Toxins?

Not only is drinking best done in moderation, but consuming fewer toxins may not be a bad idea, either.

Vodka: The Clear Choice

If you want to enjoy a drink and keep the damage minimum, many experts suggest vodka could become your go-to drink.

Vodka is distilled and charcoal-filtered. So, your body only has to deal with straight alcohol … and none of the toxins we saw in beer and wine.

If you would prefer to avoid grains, then potato vodka may be worth taking a look at.

It’s important to note, though, that we’re referring to straight vodka. Any mixers you add to it could detract from this “healthier” drink option.

Gin: Another Lower-Toxin Option

Gin is generally made from juniper berries. These berries contain antioxidants, but not that many.

However, gin is low in toxins compared to darker alcoholic drinks. That’s why it comes in at No. 2 on many experts’ lists of lowest-toxin drinks.

Tequila: A ‘Patron’ Saint?

Like vodka, tequila is distilled and filtered. This leaves nothing but pure alcohol.

The reason tequila ranks below gin on the “healthy” list is because it’s made from agave, which is high in fructose.

The fructose is removed during the fermentation process, so that’s a plus. Overall, though, gin’s juniper berry source appears to be a healthier choice than tequila’s agave.

If you came here looking for the health benefits of drinking alcohol, I can’t say I’ve found any legitimate studies that support it.

As always, be sure to talk to your doctor about any changes you’re thinking about making to your diet, including alcohol use.

What I hope you take away from today’s discussion is that it always makes sense to know exactly what’s in your drink.

Not just what the bartender puts into your glass, but also what the manufacturer puts into the bottle in the first place.

To your health and wealth.

Brad Hoppmann


Uncommon Wisdom Daily

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Your thoughts on “An Uncommon Wisdom Guide to Alcohol”

  1. Hi Brad,

    For “peat’s” sake Brad! Why no mention of my favorite spirit — Single Malt Scotch from the Isle of Islay?

    Clearly, there are pluses and minuses from imbibing alcoholic beverages. . .everything in moderation.

    Thanks, as always, for interesting and often very timely information on health.

    My best always,



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