Perhaps you’ve had one too many the night before and you’re feeling a bit delicate. Or maybe you’re prone to an upset stomach or have a sensitivity to certain ingredients often found in alcoholic drinks. Whatever the reason, the worry of an upset stomach doesn’t have to hold you back from enjoying a few drinks with dinner or a night out at a bar with friends at a good bar like Giovanna’s Cocktails. Here are some alcoholic drinks that are easy on the stomach.
For those who suffer from conditions such as IBS, drinking certain alcoholic drinks can result in bloating, gas and general stomach discomfort. Following a low FODMAP diet has been recommended for those with IBS. FODMAPs are essentially carbohydrates that some people’s bodies have trouble absorbing, which can lead to a range of uncomfortable stomach issues. Low FODMAP alcoholic drinks include beer, wine, whisky, vodka and gin. Meanwhile, drinks that are high FODMAP and should be avoided include cider, rum, sherry, port and dessert wine. However, there is a certain amount of trial and error involved as everybody’s stomach will react differently – pay attention to how you feel after you drink a certain type of alcohol, and listen to your gut (literally!). Be particularly wary of beer and wine, as carbonation and sugar can sometimes be harsh on the stomach.
If you have an intolerance or sensitivity to gluten, then it’s best to steer clear of beers, lagers, stouts and ales (although it is possible to find gluten-free options of these drinks, so always remember to keep an eye out and check the label!). Drinks such as cider, wine and spirits, meanwhile, won’t upset your stomach if you’re sensitive to gluten. While some spirits are made using cereals that contain gluten, the distilling process renders them gluten-free by the time they reach your glass.
That’s the Spirit!
In general, most spirits are considered easy on the stomach. Spirits have a low PH level, meaning they’re less likely to cause symptoms such as reflux. The best spirits for this are gin, tequila and vodka. When it comes to drinking spirits, though, you need to be wary of mixers. It’s best to avoid acidic mixers such as those with a citrus base and opt instead for a juice such as cranberry or apple.
Some people may also find that their stomach reacts badly to drinks with a high sugar content, so if you find that to be the case, then it’s best to steer clear of sugary mixers such as cola and lemonade and instead opt for tonic water, soda water or simply on the rocks.
When it comes to avoiding an upset stomach, your best bet is to avoid consuming alcohol altogether. However, this isn’t always practical – alcohol is great for relaxing at the end of a long day, and drinking is a highly social activity. When in doubt, a plain spirit such as gin or vodka mixed with ice is your best bet at the pub.