Calories in alcohol?

Responsible Service of AlcoholDid you know that 2-1/2 glasses of wine has the same calories as that of a cheeseburger? Or that a pint of beer can have as many calories as a slice of pizza? Majority of people when consuming alcohol don’t realise or understand the calories that they are consuming, alcohol is very high in calories.  

So why are calories in alcohol extra-fattening? The reasoning is in the way the alcohol is made; alcoholic drinks are made by fermenting and distilling natural starch and sugar. This means that alcohol is very high in sugar and, therefore, contains high levels of calories, equating to seven calories per gram of alcohol.

The calories that can be found in alcohol hold no nutritional value and are ‘empty calories.’ By consuming alcohol, you are not positively contributing to your diet or body by any means. Also, as the body cannot store alcohol when consumed, it takes priority to be digested and all other bodily functions, including breaking down calories, take a low priority.

To get an idea of the calories associated with each alcoholic beverage, please see below:

Beverage

Calories

35ml Gin and Tonic

128

35ml Dark rum and Coke

141

Medium glass of 12% White Wine (175ml)

130

Medium glass of 12% Red Wine (175ml)

119

Bottle of 13.5% Wine (white)

555

Bottle of wine 11% (red)

510

Pint of 5% Lager

244

Pint of 4.5% Cider

233

Pint of 4.1% Stout

210

Pint of 4.5% Bitter/Ale

222

50ml of 40% Liqueur

170

50ml of 40% Brandy

110

25ml of 40% Whiskey

56

Bottle (275ml) of 5.5% Alcopop

171

If you consume high levels of alcohol on a regular basis, you are also consuming very high levels and, at times, in an unhealthy level of calories. When consuming alcohol, similar to any luxury high calorie food, you must consume it within moderation – this is to ensure your body is healthy and within a healthy weight range.

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