When alcohol is consumed in moderation, it can help you wind down, relax and have a good time when out in a social environment. It has also been proven to lower risk of cardiovascular disease and improve insulin sensitivity. Alcohol may be linked to being able to decrease the risk of infection that causes ulcers, although this hasn’t been proven and still remains only as a theory. So alcohol isn’t all that bad when enjoy lightly. It is important to understand what is meant when alcohol is recommended to be enjoyed only moderately. “Moderation” doesn’t mean that you only get blasted “occasionally”. It means drinking small amounts of alcohol once in a while.
It can be argued that alcoholic beverages aren’t part of the original human diet but, on the other hand, they can be viewed as an essential part of our contemporary diet and social culture. So, when it comes to alcoholic beverages; the choice is yours… Your paleo commitment is up to you, and in my world its alcohol in moderation. My philosophy is that it’s ok to occasionally indulge: just remember all alcohol has sugar, so moderation is key to feeling fine the next day.
Beer – Beer is really anti-Paleo. It’s made of gluten filled grains, and unlike whiskey (also made of grains) the gluten is not fermented away. (There’s at least a sandwich worth of bread in any pint of high quality beer) You may want to try one of the gluten free beers out there if you love the taste but don’t want to deal with the beer belly bloat!