Dr Oz: Brandy vs Vodka

I was recently watching Dr. Oz when his assistant of the day said that she missed her youth from the 1960’s and loved going on dates, to parties, and drinking socially.  Dr. Oz said that the most popular drink in the 1960’s was brandy and his assistant said that she loved Brandy Alexanders – she said they tasted like an ice cream soda.  Today, the liquor of choice is vodka. So which is better for your health: brandy or vodka?  Dr. Oz said that brandy is better because it is high in antioxidants and protects against heart disease and cancer.  The rich color of brandy is a sign that it is packed with antioxidants.

I was most upset when I viewed this episode, which I felt promoted brandy drinking without limit! Dr. Oz, why did you not mention the importance of drinking in moderation?  Research shows that alcohol is a carcinogen, has no protective factor when it comes to cancer and is only beneficial for the cardiovascular system when consumed daily in small doses, which is less than one standard drink. 


Author: Sarah R.N.

Registered Nurse working as a Public Health Nurse in the Injury and Substance Misuse Prevention Program at the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit

3 thoughts on “Dr Oz: Brandy vs Vodka”

  1. Dr Oz goes on and on about his vodka. Whenever a guest shows him a recipe he asks to add vodka to it and he brags about his vodka that he keeps in his freezer.
    He is an alcoholic. I know how to recognize one, I’m one myself.
    Alcoholism is a serious illness and he shouldn’t be promoting alcohol consumption.

  2. Easy Nurse Sarah….. by the looks of your picture you look far too uptight and could use a brandy yourself. Dr. OZ ALWAYS promotes ‘moderation’ in ‘ALL THINGS OZ’

    So have a brandy and relax!!.

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