QUESTION: Dear Tom: If you are going to go out and have a drink or two with friends, which drink is the best when you're on a fat loss program like BFFM? Would it be wine or a vodka mixed with soda? Is champagne better or worse than the other two?
ANSWER: The first thing I would suggest is that you ask a better question! The answers you get are only as good as the quality of questions you ask. "Which alcohol is best?" is not a very good question when your goal is to get leaner.
(B) a "good" choice exists.
What if ALL alcohol is a bad choice? what then?
If you asked, "How much damage would I do to my body and how much would I slow down my results if I drank during my fat burning program?" you might get a different feeling towards alcohol. This type of question presupposes that there WILL be a down side, it's only a question of how bad it will be.
If you focus on the consequences of drinking, (like getting a beer gut), instead of how you can best "get away with it," it may change your attitude. Then if you shift focus to the abs and lean body you want, and change your question to what is the best way to get great abs and a lean body, it will change your attitude and motivation even more.
 On fat loss programs, I don't recommend drinking alcohol at all because alcohol suppresses fat oxidation and adds unnecessary calories to your diet, which either displaces nutritious calories or erases your caloric deficit.
 For lifelong maintenance, I recommend that if you choose to drink, that's fine, but only if you do so in moderation (1-2 drinks a day is considered moderation according to most health authorities)
 I do not recommend daily drinking as part of a fitness lifestyle, because daily drinking can become habit forming. My recommendation is limit drinking to weekends, holidays and or special occasions.