Drinking Alcohol on Keto

Drinking Alcohol on Keto

Many people on keto feel it’s tough to have a social life. Everywhere you look you see carbs. This is especially true at a bar. Drinking alcohol on keto is very tricky. Perhaps you are a big fan of craft beers. Well if you are serious about ketosis you will need to say goodbye to those. There are some beers that can be drank in moderation during keto, but odds are if you are a craft beer lover these will not appeal to you.

Drinking liquor slows down your weight loss, but it can deepen your level of ketosis. Alcohol affects liver metabolism, causing more ketones to be created as you drink more.

One thing to consider is that people get drunker quicker while on keto. Be very careful and do not drink and drive. Additionally, hangovers tend to be worse for those who drink on keto. Staying hydrated is important. It’s recommended to take down a glass of water per each alcoholic beverage (shot or glass of alcohol) you have.

Let’s go over the different types of drinks that are options on keto.


Beer drinkers must be very choosy when on keto. Bud Select, Miller 64 and Michelob Ultra are the three low carb beers. Even those must be drank in moderation. Picking your spots and having 1 or 2  beers here and there is doable.

Here is a pretty good list of the amount of carbs in some of the more popular beers.

Drinking Alcohol on Keto, carbs in beer, miller lite. bud light, budwesier, michelob ultra

Basically, drinking beer on keto is tough. It’s going to be a major hindrance, especially if you do it on a regular basis.


The amount of carbs in a glass of wine varies greatly. Usually they are around 4 to 5 grams of net carbs per serving. A glass here and there is fine. Depending on how low you are keeping your carbs, you may be able to have a glass or two with dinner.


Vodka, rum, gin, tequila and whiskey, when unsweetened and unflavored, all have zero carbs. Mixers and liqueurs will almost always have carbs, so be careful. Some of the classics are available simply by swapping in diet soda. For instance, Rum and Diet Coke or Jack and Diet Coke.

When it comes to mixers you will need to do some research. You can find 0 calorie carbonated drinks that go well with vodka.

Drinking Alcohol on Keto

For me it made the most sense to stop drinking alcohol while on keto. I will have 1 or 2 days a week where I cut loose, but other than that I take in zero alcohol. I realize that is not a viable plan for some. Do what works best for you, but taking in 10+ net carbs per day through alcohol is probably not a viable long-term plan for success while on keto. Drinking alcohol on keto is very challenging, to say the least.

Here is a video that gives you 5 alcoholic drinks you can chug during the holidays.

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