Mixed Drinks: A Recipe for Health Disaster?

by Cathy Miller on July 15, 2014

in Health and Wellness

Three cocktails cutout, isolated on white backgroundMixed drinks come in all shapes and sizes.

  • Some bear fruit
  • Some have straws for sipping
  • And others sport paper umbrellas

For all their adornments, mixed drinks could be a recipe for health disaster.

How?

By fooling you with their alcohol content.

Mixed Drinks Deceit

You’re on vacation. The weather is hot and you want something cool and refreshing.

And, hey, you’re on vacation.

So you order one of those colorful cocktails and figure the mixes dilute the punch. So to speak.

What you may not know is the light and refreshing cocktail is not so light.

Rethinking Drinking

The National Health Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) wants us Rethinking Drinking.

Part of the National Institute of Health, NIAAA  supports research on the causes, consequences, prevention, and treatment of alcohol-related problems.

The site offers the following definitions.

 

Mixed Drinks infographic-blog

 

Yowser. That puts a damper on the party.

Are you wondering what Uncle Bob’s great cocktail recipe will cost you in alcohol content? The NIAAA provides a Cocktail Content Calculator for drinks with two or more ingredients.

The other downside to those parasol pleasures of alcohol is that they act as a diuretic. Not a great way to quench your thirst on that hot summer day.

I guess the old adage, everything in moderation, applies to vacations and our pretty mixed drinks, too.

It’s tough being an adult.

 

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Notice of Disclaimer –Cathy Miller is not an attorney or health care provider and cannot provide legal or health care advice. The information provided is for your general background only, and is not intended to constitute legal or health care advice as to your specific circumstances. We recommend you review legislation with legal counsel and visit your physician for health care issues.

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Roy A. Ackerman, Ph.D., E.A. July 17, 2014 at 4:43 am

Since wines vary in alcohol content from about 8 to 16.8%, that chart needs to be regarded AFTER downing a few…
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Cathy Miller July 17, 2014 at 6:09 am

Good point, Roy. The site does mention the variation in alcohol content.
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