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6 Holiday Mocktails for a Festive Celebration

By Laura Scholz
December 12, 2022

While drinking alcohol tends to be a big part of holiday parties and social gatherings, it’s not very festive to wake up with a hangover or suffer the consequences of too much booze during the “most wonderful time of the year.”

According to Christine Byrne, a registered dietitian in Raleigh, North Carolina, drinking in moderation isn’t a big problem; it’s when you overdo it that you run into trouble. Drinking alcohol while eating is okay in small amounts, she says. “Your body does know how to deal with that.” However, she adds, “Too much alcohol can mess with digestion, make you stopped up or bloated, or any number of things.”

If you do choose to imbibe, Samantha Cassetty, a New York City–based registered dietitian, recommends just one drink per day or less for women and two or less for men in order to avoid alcohol-related health problems. That advice is in keeping with the "Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2020–2025," from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.