Wonders of Wine: Dr. Oz Unveils His 5 Rules for Healthy Drinking

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Get your wine corks ready: Dr. Mehmet Oz wants you to enjoy the wonders of wine and the blessings of beer. On September 6 in the Huffington Post, Dr. Oz explained his five rules for getting the most bounce from the ounce of alcohol. Here are the highlights for your highball:

Do: Pour wisely.

Moderation matters. Dr. Oz emphasizes that you need to define moderation based on your choice of drink. He defines moderation as:

  • 12 ounces of beer
  • Five ounces of wine
  • 1.5 ounces (one shot glass) of liquor

Don't: Save up for the weekend.

Think that if you say "no" to drinking during the week you can drink all you want on Saturday night? Wrong, says Dr. Oz. Moderation is key, and that's defined by drinks per day. As an example, he notes that "My wife, Lisa, and I regularly have a glass with dinner, and after particularly busy days, I enjoy unwinding on our porch with some good tequila."

Do: Abstain during pregnancy.

Dr. Oz emphasizes the importance of avoiding alcohol when you're pregnant. He is concerned that alcohol may "affect the behavioral or cognitive development of the baby," which makes avoiding alcohol is the safest choice.

Do: Keep it light.

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"Light is right" should be your mantra. "If you plan to have more than a cocktail or two, limit yourself to clear liquor like vodka and gin. Consuming large amounts of darker pours like whiskey and brandy can increase the severity of hangovers," warns Dr. Oz.

The reason: Dark drinks have higher concentrations of congeners, which are toxic compounds created when alcohol is fermented.

Don't: Have a nightcap.

Think that wine helps you sleep more soundly? Wrong, says Dr. Oz. Although it will help you sleep initially, you'll wake up during the night more often and feel groggy in the morning.

What to Drink

Dr. Oz suggests these under-200-calorie cocktails created by Marissa Lippert, nutritionist and owner of Nourish Kitchen + Table in New York City.

Instead of a: Cosmopolitan (210 calories)
Try an: Aperol Spritz (163 calories). Pour 3 ounces prosecco, 1 ounce Aperol, and a splash of club soda into a glass filled with ice and garnish with an orange slice.

Instead of a: Mai tai (230 calories)
Try a: Raspberry-Mint Mojito (145 calories). In a cocktail shaker, muddle 2 tsp. extrafine sugar, 4 fresh mint sprigs, and 4 fresh raspberries. Add 1 1/2 ounces light rum and 1 1/2 ounces fresh lime juice. Shake well. Top with a splash of club soda.

Instead of a: Frozen margarita (250 to 500 calories)
Try a: Lite-But-Sweet Margarita (184 calories). In a cocktail shaker, combine 1 1/2 ounces tequila (reposado or blanco, preferably), 1/2 ounce Cointreau or triple sec, 1 ounce fresh lime juice, and 1 tsp. agave nectar. Shake, then strain into an ice-filled glass.

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