Avoiding alcohol totally is out of the question. It's hard to drink gluten free beer when out (not available anywhere, other than Guinness, which isn't really gluten free), so I tend to go for red wine. Which is more damaging though, red wine or gluten free beer?
P.s. I don't really have a problem with gluten anyway, I sometimes think I should just drink normal beer instead of wine, because I drink at the same pace, regardless of what I am drinking. I tend to drink around 4-5 glasses of whatever when I am out.
I do red wine at home, and I think it's a better option, but I don't feel comfortable ordering that when at the local pub when out for pints with coworkers or friends. I don't think beer is ideal, but in limited quantities I seem to tolerate it well. Depends on the situation. You could sip on a scotch and soda if that was an option. None of this is paleo, though.
no complex instructions necessary: just order Patron silver on ice with soda and lime. The easiest drink in the world :)
As an added bonus, a female's perspective in a bar scene (where it is normal to make judgments based solely on immediate information), a male that orders a specific high-quality drink seems more unique and in some cases more sophisticated than other pack members just drinking happy hour pints. Don't get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with happy hour pints. I am just pointing out the fact that being unique is a good thing, and as Stephen-Aegis says, who cares what the "pack" thinks?
Red wine. Hand's down. This from Anheuser-Busch, in reference to Redbridge, their gluten-free beer:
Redbridge contains 174 calories, 20
grams of carbohydrates, and 4.8%
alcohol by volume per 12-ounce
So you're looking at over five times the carbs in a bottle of beer versus a glass of dry wine. Personally, I don't want the extra carbs. Also, Redbridge does not replace the kinds of beers I used to enjoy (pre-celiac diagnosis). It's just not good enough. There are some good GF beers, though, that are worth it (e.g., Green's, from the UK--these are serious beers and worth pursuing if you can find them.).