All About Alcohol
It’s no secret that we’re a nation of alcohol-lovers, whether it’s a glass or two of wine after a long, hard day or a weekend of binge drinking, the British public love their booze. In fact, we even hold the dubious title of Europe’s biggest binge drinkers. And we all know it’s not good for us, but did you know it’s also very likely that it’s significantly increasing your calorie intake each week?
Most alcoholic drinks have a high calorie content and are what people refer to as “empty calories”, ie. calories we consume from food or drink which contain no nutrients. And that’s just a waste. So here are a few tips on how to cut down:
- Go for bottles of beer rather than pints or cans
- Have a glass of water every other drink
- Don’t have spirits with sugary mixers
- Stick to the government recommended guidelines (or lower) of no more than 14 units per week ie. six pints of average strength beer or 10 small glasses of low strength wine.
- Don’t keep it in the house!
- Don’t drink in rounds so that you can drink at your own pace
- Don’t drink on an empty stomach or you’ll be tempted to go for bar snacks
- Cut down with a friend - find something else to do together!
Below is a breakdown of different alcoholic drinks and their calorie contents which might make you think twice about cracking open that bottle of wine after a long day!
5% Lager ie. Heineken
A McDonalds Hamburger
Cider (5%) ie. Strongbow
A large slice of pizza
Large White Wine (13%)
A large glass
A Cadbury Crunchie
Jack Daniels and Coke
Half a Greggs sausage roll
Alcopop (4%) ie. Smirnoff Ice
Walkers Baked Cheese & Onion crisps
Vodka & coke
A Kit Kat
Vodka and soda
One ginger nut biscuit
Calculate your alcohol calorie intake
This nifty little tool from World Cancer Research Fund UK (WCRF UK) also allows you to see how many calories (or mini sausage roll equivalents!) you’re consuming through alcohol, and how much jogging you need to do to burn it off.