Beer is Better than Milk

by David J. Hanson, Ph. D.

PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) is very provocative in its media campaign about milk, but it is correct in its mesage. Beer is indeed better than milk for health, as are both wine and distilled spirits.

Not only do beer wine and spirits all have fewer calories and less sodium than milk, but none has any fat or cholesterol, with which milk is loaded. And while milk is associated with weight gain, alcohol beverages are not [see Alcohol, Calories and Weight Gain].

  Milk
(one cup regular milk)
Wine
(glass)
Beer
(can or bottle)
80 proof distilled spirits
(1.5 oz shot or jigger)
Calories 148 125 145 97
Sodium (mg) 120 8 18 0.4
Fat (g) 5 0 0 0
Cholesterol (mg) 34 0 0 0
Source: US department of Agriculture (USDA) nutritional tables and People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). 1

But there is one important difference. You can drink all the milk you want before driving. Not so with alcohol.

It's easy to have a good time at a party or other gathering while still avoiding intoxication. Here are some tips:

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