Acne & alcohol (of the drinking kind)


One question that comes up when adopting a new acne battling diet is - can I drink booze?

We all know too much alcohol has a negative effect on the body, and this post isn't about excess so we won't go there. But, in moderation, can you drink alcohol without it causing skin trouble? The simple answer is - if you have a healthy diet, full of wholefoods and essential vitamins and minerals (including probiotics to keep your digestive system happy) you can enjoy an alcoholic drink without it affecting your acne too much. But there is a but (there always is). Alcohol is never alone - it is constantly joined by it's sidekick sugar. Sugar is the firestarter for inflammation and acne. It creates havoc with your hormones, insulin and IGF-1, and these increase sebum production, clog pores yaddayada acne. So if the only break-out you want to experience is an episode of bad dance moves, aim for alcoholic drinks low in sugar. Which are these? Let's start with the worst - Cocktails. Piña Colada - 63g of sugar (almost 16 teaspoons), Sex on the beach - 48g (12 teaspoons), Long Island Ice Tea 40g, Pimms -32g and Mojito - 25g. So how does that compare to wine? Between 1.4g (white) and 0.9g (red). Shocker - one glass of prosecco is estimated to contain around 1g of sugar. Lager? 13.5g in a pint of fosters. While Cider has about 15g. Wow. Spirits are a mixed bag. Dark rum for instance has sugar in the final product (Eldorado 12 year has 2g per serving) but light rum has very little. Whiskey has hardly any and vodka and gin are sugar free...but..oh those buts'...think of the mixers. Coke (11g/100ml), Lemonade (25g/100ml), Orange (9g/100g), ginger ale (9g/100ml) and tonic (9g/100g) can wack up the sugar bill so think of diet options. A gin and Fentimans Botanical Light Tonic Water has a low 5.3g/100ml of sugar. So drink away! - well no don't really. The RDA for sugar for men is only 37.5g and 25g for women. FML!

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