Q: "Does the quality of alcohol you drink affect your health? For example, is expensive vodka better for me than cheap vodka?"
Fiona Wauchovsky, via email
A: Dietitian Debbie Iles responds:
"It’s true that tannins in red wine and impurities in cheap or dark liquors are often blamed for hangovers, and may cause symptoms in some sensitive individuals. But hangovers are just as likely to be caused by dehydration, and the long-term physical effects of alcohol on the body are going to be the same no matter how well filtered or purified a drink is. After all, it’s the alcohol content that does you harm, and that is in both good and poor quality spirits. So, it is the quantity of alcohol consumed that is likely to have the biggest effect on your health – not quality. And if cost prohibits excessive alcohol consumption, then perhaps this should be considered a health benefit!"