Avoid alcohol (or keep it to a minimum) while you are trying to lose weight. Alcohol can contain nearly 7 calories per gram, and is easily metabolized and stored as fat. When you consume alcohol with a meal, your body will metabolize the alcohol first. The rest of the calories and the excess alcohol calories inevitably will be stored as fat.
Alcohol also slows down liver metabolism, which is necessary to work at an optimum for proper fat metabolism. Alcohol is generally regarded as empty carbohydrate calories because you get no other nutritional benefit as you would from the vitamins, minerals and fiber that you get from the carbohydrates vegetables and low glycemic fruits like cranberries and strawberries.