People usually refer to the act of drinking as "unhealthy," but it doesn’t have to be. Yes, excess binge drinking is dangerous, but drinking in moderation does have some surprising health benefits. More often than not, when people try to “be healthy” or lose weight, they cut down on alcohol. If you're looking to be healthier while drinking alcohol occasionally, these are the healthiest alcohols you can choose from.

1. Tequila 

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Renee Chiu

Tequila has numerous health benefits (and is lower in calories than Smirnoff vodka). Agavins, the natural sugar found in tequila, are non-digestible (meaning they act like fiber) and won't raise your blood sugar levels. Furthermore, the sugar is shown to help lower cholesterol and can help you lose weight. Yup, that's right, tequila can fit in perfectly with a weight loss plan if enjoyed in moderation. 

#SpoonTip: The standard tequila shot is 1 oz. 

2. Red Wine

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Caroline Ingalls

In the end, all wine converts into sugar, which isn't good for you. However, red wine in particular does have some fantastic health benefits. The active compounds in red wine (polyphenols, resveratrol, and quercetin) have been proven to improve overall heart health. Furthermore, research done at the University of Massachusetts Amherst found that red wine helps slow down the process of glucose hitting the bloodstream, which stops high spikes of insulin.

#SpoonTip: The standard size of a glass of wine is 5 oz. 

3. Rum 

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Nicole Korolevich

Rum isn't a popular liquor among student, but it should be (for its fabulous health benefits, duh). Made from molasses and other sugarcane byproducts, rum has been proven to enhance mental health in many ways. In moderation, a standard serving can reduce anxiety, for example. 

#SpoonTip: A standard serving of rum is 1.5 oz. 

4. Whiskey 

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Sam Jesner

One serving of whiskey contains as many antioxidants as a glass of wine. Try taking a shot of whiskey as your next “fighting off/preventing a cold” excuse. Whiskey also contains ellagic acid, which known for fighting off cancer by absorbing rogue cells. 

5. Rosé

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Steven Baboun

Rosé does more for you than top off a relaxing summer evening with friends. The wine offers a load of health benefits. The polyphenols in rosé have been shown to prevent atherosclerosis, a major contributor to heart disease. 

6. Champagne

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Caroline Early

Think you have a bad memory? Then celebrate with champagne more often. The bubbly drink may possibly enhance memory performance. On top of that, champagne can help enhance the quality of your skin. I don’t know about you, but these are two aspects I feel like I could improve on. 

Next time you're casually having a drink, don't think of it as "added sugar." Instead, see it as improving your health (in moderation of course). Choose from this list of healthiest alcohols the next time you're out with friends, and be sure and drink in moderation to reap the health benefits.