When you're prioritising your health, prohibition of alcohol is usually the first to set in. It's a wise move; alcohol’s empty calories and its late night snack seductions afterwards isn't exactly conducive to health.
However, connecting with friends is beneficial for emotional health and for many it's social norm to do so over a drink or two. The good news is that there are ways to incorporate a tipple here and there into your weekly repertoire without undoing your hard work towards health.
As explained by Picture Fit certain drinks are less caloric, but still pack the punch. Here is the 101 run down in a video.
If you have an otherwise healthy relationship to alcohol, allowing yourself a few drinks here and there won’t derail your health goals too much, and also grant you all the perks of unwinding with friends. What’s most important is that you are safe and smart about your consumption – and while you’re at it, you can also offer to be the designated trusty and sober driver for the night. This will give you a legit reason to not drink, and to be social without any possibility of overdoing the drinks.