Whiskey and Your Health

It’s always a good thing to know what you’re putting into your body. Here at TheWhiskeyScout.com, we can help.

The caloric content of whiskey is almost exclusively a result of the alcohol content, and it comes out to 7 calories per gram. Once you know the proof, you can estimate the calories in your drink. This does not include any mixers or chasers, however. That whiskey sour has a few more calories in it. Just sayin’.

Proof Calories
1 oz
(30 ml)
1 shot
1.5 oz (44 ml)
70 Proof 56 85
80 Proof 64 97
86 Proof 70 105
90 Proof 73 110
94 Proof 76 116
100 Proof 82 124

Keep in mind that other than bourbon, whiskies may add colorings that have the potential to add a few calories. All bets are off with flavored whiskies.

Whiskey does not contain carbs.

Does whiskey contain gluten? Well that depends on why you’re asking.

If you don’t eat gluten because you have a sensitivity to gluten, then you’re fine to enjoy a glass of whiskey. According to the Celiac Disease Awareness Campaign, “a cocktail made with a distilled spirit is safe.”


The Canadian Celiac Association backs this up, saying, Rye whisky, scotch whisky, gin, and vodka are distilled from a mash of fermented grains. Rum is distilled from sugar cane. Brandy is distilled from wine and bourbon is distilled from a grain mash including corn. Since the distillation process does not allow proteins to enter the final product, distilled alcohols are gluten free.

For those whom gluten posses a severe health risk, however, it is advisable to go slow, if at all, when trying whiskey. Different distillers use differing distillation techniques which may vary the purity of the final product. In addition there is a high danger of cross-contamination, so even if the final product is gluten free, what winds up in the bottle may not be. Many celiacs have reported symptoms with even the most theoretically gluten-free spirit.

As with all things relating to your health, go slow, go careful, and always err on the side of caution. Some with gluten allergies have reported no issues with a glass of bourbon, while others have reported rapid intoxication and severe hangovers from even slight amounts. Click here for more information about gluten and whiskey.

Rod of AsclepiusHealth benefits from whiskey? This has to be a joke, right? A page torn straight from the “Too Good To Be True” playbook. Well read on, O Ye Disbelieving Heathens, and be enlightened!

When taken in moderation (about two drinks for guys, one for the ladies) alcohol can bestow upon its imbibers these benefits:

Reduced risk of heart disease
Reduced risk of ischemic stroke
Reduced risk of diabetes
Reduced risk of dementia
Reduced risk of gallstones

Sources: Mayo Clinic, Medical Daily, LiveStrong, Organic Facts