Skinny alcohol: What you need to know about skinny booze

Interested in slim-lining your drink of choice? Here’s how.

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Last updated: 22 February 2018 - 9.45pm

As much as we’re aware of the high calorie count in alcohol, many of us find it harder to resist a glass of wine than we do a chocolate bar.

Savvy entrepreneurs spotted the gap and created a whole of load of ‘skinny’ booze options, but now health experts are warning consumers that drinking low-calorie drinks can actually lead to weight gain, rather than weight loss.

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What’s the problem with low-calorie booze? 

According to research, added sweeteners and chemicals found in ‘skinny’ booze not only slow down our metabolisms, but can also make us overeat.

“If you’re going to drink you have to know that booze is booze,” personal development based nutrition coach Adrienne Daly,  told Daily Mail Online – and that’s regardless of how low cal your cocktail. Despite how many calories the skinny substitute contains, alcohol consumption will still trick our minds into thinking we’re hungry.

But if you’re still keen to try low-calorie alcohol alternatives, here are a few worth the hype.


Produced and bottled in Normandy, this brand was created by Xavier d’Audiffret Pasquier and Pierre-Emmanuel Racine-Jourden and designed to modernise cider. Their drinks contain just 50 calories per 15cl, plus it’s gluten free and uses 100% natural ingredients. The bottles are super stylish too.


Lower than your average lager when it comes to calories, this craft Czech beer is also gluten and wheat free, and 100% organic – the brewing process has also been developed so you don’t feel so bloated after drinking it.

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Elephant Gin

This gin is both relatively low in sugar, and pretty ethical to boot, with a certain amount of proceeds going towards The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, to support elephant care. The gin itself blends 14 rare African botanicals with fresh apples – now where is the tonic?

FAIR Quinoa Vodka

Yep, vodka made using quinoa – it must be good for you, right? Lower in calories than your average vodka, it’s gluten free to boot.

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