How to Become an Efficient Drinker

Do you like to drink but you don’t like those empty calories? Do you want to enjoy yourself during happy hour without the worry of putting on excess pounds? What drinks will get you drunk the fastest, while providing the fewest number of calories? All these questions can be answered at the The Efficient Drinker.

I came across the web site the other day and it will change the way I order drinks at the bar. The site has created an efficiency ratio to determine which beers will achieve the desired result of alcohol (getting drunk), while providing the fewest number of calories.

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When searching through the results, I realized the beers I have been drinking at bars were some the most “inefficient” beers around. On the other hand, these are also some of the tastier beers. Some of the worst beers available are also the most efficient. (Check out the calories of each beer here)

For example, I usually enjoy a few Yuengling’s (63.2% efficiency) or Samuel Adams (55.9%) at the bar, yet these rank near the bottom of the list. Meanwhile, crap beers like Natural Light (85.8%) and Michelob Ultra (85.8%) are near the top.

So all you college kids out there, you can now pound a 30-pack of Natty Ice guilt-free. Now I’m not about to drink Natural Ice—ever, but I might go for something in between, such as a Miller Lite, which has a high efficiency rating, but doesn’t taste like piss.

Beer not your thing? The site also breaks down the efficiency of mixed drinks. For example, all you girls out there who have been sipping on Cranberry and Vodka’s might wonder why you’ve been packing on the pounds lately. According to the site, Cranberry and Vodka is one of the worst drinks a person can have, coming in at just 55% on the efficiency scale. A typical Cranberry and Vodka drink can have 234 calories in an 8 oz. drink!

Meanwhile, hard liquor and wine provide near 100 percent efficiency, meaning all of its calories are from alcohol. So if you’re looking to get drunk without getting fat, than this is the way to go.

Be sure to check out the site and see where your favorite drink ranks.

You may also enjoy this infographic below illustrating how beer is made (click to enlarge)…

9 comments for “How to Become an Efficient Drinker

  1. Chevy
    April 12, 2010 at 11:38 am

    Nice find. If you can find Bud Ice Light, it’s actually not as shitty as the name would lead you to believe.

    Upsetting they don’t make Miller Lite Ice anymore, I’d suspect that would be leading this list by a healthy margin.

  2. April 12, 2010 at 7:43 pm

    Good info, I’m a Natural Ice fan because of the alcohol content and the price, I also like drinking cheap vodka straight out of the bottle, so I guess I’m good. I drink to get drunk, I’m not really going for taste, as you can tell from my drinking habits. But I’ll pass this info on or send a link to this page to a few of my friends that do worry about the weight they put on from drinking.

  3. April 13, 2010 at 5:21 pm

    Great post!!
    This will be sure to come in handy. I completely agree with your views on Natty Light. We like the zero calorie vodka, Belvedere!

  4. April 15, 2010 at 4:18 pm

    I love this- I definitely try and drink efficiently.
    .-= Dmbosstone´s last blog ..Have You Become A Friend Whore? =-.

  5. April 15, 2010 at 10:01 pm

    As a red blooded aussie guy It’s all about the taste of beer for me! My favourite beer is hoppy and choc full of carbs.

    The “roof hanging over the toolshed” aka beer gut is a thing of pride IMHO!

    Beer here? yes please.
    .-= thelamest(dot)com´s last blog ..Crazy Old Man Barking Mad in TV Interview =-.

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  7. Kay
    April 27, 2010 at 9:34 pm

    Omg 235 calories for cranberry and vodka 😮 way..layin off that stuff from now..great post.

    I like drinking so I need to find a way of doing it efficiently. So thanks!!!

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