As a nation of booze lovers, none of us want to think about the impact our drinking has on our health. But the truth is that alcohol is actually massively calorific. If you’re not seeing the results that you would like to in your weight loss, it might well be because of the booze.
This week is Alcohol Awareness Week (Nov 13 -19), so a perfect time to get the facts on alcohol and see if you can challenge yourself to cut back. Whether it’s choosing a few days each week that you don’t drink at all, cutting down on how much you do drink, or both! Check out our tips for cutting back a bit.
Calculate your alcohol calorie intake
This nifty little tool from World Cancer Research Fund UK (WCRF UK) 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. For example:
- 1 large glass of wine is the equal to 190 calories, the equivalent of 4 mini sausage rolls, and would take 21 minutes of jogging to burn off.
- 1 spirit & mixer is equal to 117 calories, the equivalent of 2.5 mini sausage rolls, and would take 13 minutes of jogging to burn off.
- 1 pint of beer is equal to 170 calories, the equivalent of 3.5 mini sausage rolls and would take 19 minutes of jogging to burn off.
Use WCRF UK’s alcohol calorie calculator to see how much you’re consuming each week or on a big night out, and see how cutting back could have a massive difference on your weight.
It’s good to give your body a break from too much booze, especially in the run up to Christmas which is often a time that we socialise more with work, friends and family, often meaning that we also drink more.
Cutting down on drink not only means you take on less calories, but also means you’ll save money too (remember to log your weight loss here)!
To get help, advice or support with cutting down visit your GP or call your local alcohol service CGL Newcastle on 0191 2615610 .