Alkaline Alcoholic Drinks List

This alkaline alcoholic drinks list extends my alkaline beverages list. That list covers all key drinks from the USDA Key Foods list, whereas this list covers all alcoholic drinks from the full database.

Before I explain and present the list in detail, there are two important facts you need to consider:

  1. Most of the information you will read elsewhere on the Internet about acid or alkaline alcoholic drinks is wrong
  2. If you are drinking enough alcoholic drinks to significantly affect alkalinity, you are drinking more than is healthy

Alkaline Alcoholic Drinks Facts

Acidic Alcohol Myth

There are thousands of Internet pages that describe alcoholic drinks in general, and beer in particular, as acidic.

They are all wrong. (but please see my response to this comment about the wrong way to measure alkaline foods and drinks).

That notion comes from a lab test where drinks are incinerated until all water is evaporated, and all fats and proteins destroyed. The resultant inorganic ash is measured for pH. That value is meaningless for nutrition purposes. Our bodies use organic matter as well as inorganic matter. Destroying organic matter produces false results. This is not how our bodies work.

If you see alkaline nutrition information based on ash pH tests, you should ignore it. If you paid for that information you should seek a refund or sue the publishers.

Beware Excess Alcohol

I should tell you that I drink alcohol regularly, and have done so all my adult life. I do not have much time for this current obsession with counting units of alcohol. I do not have any time for those who declare all alcohol is bad, and should be avoided at all costs.

Having said that, excess alcohol is not good for health. There are links with specific diseases, and I will investigate those in detail through this year. The most obvious is probably obesity. When you consider that the average drink has 150 calories, then 5 drinks blows a massive 750 calorie hole in your total calorie allowance.

You can see from the list below that most alcoholic drinks are alkaline or neutral. But even the most alkaline alcoholic beverage, red wine, is only slightly alkaline. You would need a whole bottle (around 600 calories) to balance the acid load of a small portion of beef (around 300 calories). Of course, you can exercise more to balance the calorie load, but alcoholic drinks in excess make healthy eating difficult. It is up to you to assess your own health risks. Moderate alcohol intake can be a good part of a healthy alkaline diet.

Alkaline Alcoholic Drinks Explanation

Alkaline Alcohol PhotoUnlike most of my alkaline foods lists, I present the alkaline alcoholic drinks in typical serving sizes. This makes it easier to compare different drinks. I took the serving sizes from the USDA database, but you need to compare this with your actual drink size. Particularly at home, and parties, drinks are often much bigger.

In my alkaline beverages list, the serving size is shown in grams to make a 100 calorie serving. This is different in the list below. In the alkaline alcoholic drinks list, I’ve used common serving sizes, so calories vary from drink to drink. If your serving size is bigger than the value shown in the table, you should increase the calorie count, and the other values accordingly.

Alkaline Alcoholic Drinks List

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Alkaline Drinks Table Explanation Serving Help Calories Help PRAL Help Sugars Help Sodium Help

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Long Description Serving Size Calories PRAL Score Sugar (g) Sodium (mg)

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wine, table, red 1 serving, 5 fl oz 125 -3 1 6

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wine, table, red, Merlot 1 serving, 5 fl oz 122 -3 1 6

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wine, table, all 1 serving, 5 fl oz 123 -3 1 7

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wine, light 1 serving, 5 fl oz 73 -2 2 10

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beer, light, BUDWEISER SELECT 12 fluid ounce 99 -2 0 11

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wine, dessert, sweet 1 glass, (3.5 fl oz) 165 -2 8 9

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wine, dessert, dry 1 glass, (3.5 fl oz) 157 -2 1 9

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pina colada, prepared-from-recipe 1 cocktail, (4.5 fl oz) 245 -2 31 8

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wine, table, white 1 serving, 5 fl oz 121 -2 1 7

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wine, table, white, Chardonnay 1 serving, 5 fl oz 123 -2 1 7

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beer, regular, BUDWEISER 12 fl oz 146 -1 0 11

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beer, light, BUD LIGHT 12 fl oz 103 -1 0 11

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Average Alcoholic Beverage 150 -1 4 21

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pina colada, canned 1 can, (6.8 fl oz, 200 ml) 526 -1 0 158

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whiskey sour, prepared with water, whiskey and powder mix 1 packet, prepared 169 -1 16 48

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rice (sake) 1 serving, 6 fl oz 235 0 0 4

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beer, light, MICHELOB ULTRA 12 fl oz 96 0 0 11

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wine, cooking 1 fl oz 15 0 0 1

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daiquiri, canned 1 can, (6.8 fl oz, 200 ml) 259 0 0 83

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liqueur, coffee, 53 proof 1 jigger, 1.5 fl oz 170 0 24 4

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liqueur, coffee, 63 proof 1 jigger, 1.5 fl oz 160 0 17 4

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beer, light 1 can, or bottle (12 fl oz) 103 0 0 14

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whiskey sour, prepared from bottled mix 1 portion, (2 oz mix + 1.5 oz whiskey) 162 0 14 65

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daiquiri, prepared-from-recipe 1 cocktail, (2 fl oz) 112 0 3 3

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beer, regular, all 1 can 153 0 0 14

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whiskey sour, canned 1 can, (6.8 fl oz, 200 ml) 249 0 0 92

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creme de menthe, 72 proof 1 jigger, 1.5 fl oz 186 0 21 3

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distilled, gin, 90 proof 1 jigger, 1.5 fl oz 110 0 0 1

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distilled, whiskey, 86 proof 1 jigger, 1.5 fl oz 105 0 0 0

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distilled, all (gin, rum, vodka, whiskey) 80 proof 1 jigger, 1.5 fl oz 97 0 0 0

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distilled, all (gin, rum, vodka, whiskey) 94 proof 1 jigger, 1.5 fl oz 116 0 0 0

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distilled, all (gin, rum, vodka, whiskey) 100 proof 1 jigger, 1.5 fl oz 124 0 0 0

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distilled, all (gin, rum, vodka, whiskey) 86 proof 1 jigger, 1.5 fl oz 105 0 0 0

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distilled, all (gin, rum, vodka, whiskey) 90 proof 1 jigger, 1.5 fl oz 110 0 0 0

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distilled, rum, 80 proof 1 jigger, 1.5 fl oz 97 0 0 0

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distilled, vodka, 80 proof 1 jigger, 1.5 fl oz 97 0 0 0

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tequila sunrise, canned 1 can, (6.8 fl oz, 200 ml) 232 0 0 120

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liqueur, coffee with cream, 34 proof 1 jigger, 1.5 fl oz 154 1 9 43

 
 

Alkaline Alcoholic Drinks Review

The alkaline alcoholic drinks list tells us that many alcoholic drinks are alkaline, especially wine. In fact, only 1 drink in the alcoholic beverage list is acidic. Most alcoholic drinks are about neutral, and therefore they have little effect on an alkaline diet. If you stay within your calorie limit, alcohol is an acceptable part of an alkaline diet.

If you have any questions, experiences, or opinions about alcohol, please share in the alkaline alcoholic drinks discussion.

2 Replies to “Alkaline Alcoholic Drinks List”

  1. Wrong

    Sorry, you are wrong on this. Bud light, bud, lagers in general are around 3.5, i.e., acidic. I’ve measured pH straight from the can. Typically stouts like Guiness are less acidic, around 4.3, but still orders of magnitude greater hydronium concentration than water. Please stop spreading false information.

    1. Hi Jdwricky, I’m sorry that my information alkaline alcoholic drinks is confusing.

      The pH properties of any food or drink are completely different to what is generally meant by alkaline drinks. It might be better if I referred to alkalizing drinks. This is because in nutrition, we are concerned with the effects of food and drink on our bodies. In the introduction above, I mention the dangers of measuring pH using the ash method. That is the most common error when measuring alkalinity for nutrition. The other error is to measure pH directly.

      As I pointed out in my explanation of the PRAL calculation:

      There are some food charts published to show the pH values of food, measured from the actual food or drink item. This is only relevant to canning factories and other parts of the food packaging and distribution industry.

      I hope that explains the different methods of calculating alkaline alcoholic drinks. I’d be very pleased for any suggestions about how I might rewrite this page to make it clearer. Please make any suggestions in Foodary’s Food and Health forum. That link starts a new discussion, but you might also be interested in the existing topic: http://foodary.org/forums/topic/how-does-your-alkaline-diet-work/ As I’ve just mentioned there, are there any health conditions where the physical pH of food is more important than the effect on pH balance after digestion?

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