Did you know a standard glass of wine can contain as many calories as a piece of chocolate, and a pint of lager has about the same calorie count as a packet of crisps?
The average wine drinker in England takes in around 2,000kcal from alcohol every month.
Drinking 5 pints of lager a week adds up to 44,200kcal over a year, equivalent to eating 221 doughnuts.
|Drink||Calories (kcal)||Food equivalent|
|A standard glass (175ml) of 12% wine||126kcal||1 Cadbury Chocolate Mini Roll|
|A pint of 5% strength beer||215kcal||1 packet of McCoy's salted crisps|
|A glass (50ml) of (17%) cream liqueur||118kcal||1 Milky Way bar|
|A standard bottle (330ml) of 5% alcopop||237kcal||3 Lees teacakes|
|A double measure (50ml) of 17.5% fortified wine||65kcal||1 Asda bourbon biscuit|
You can find out the calories in many more drinks using the Drinkaware unit and calorie calculator.
Wine, beer, cider, spirits and all our favourite drinks are made from natural starch and sugar. Fermentation, and distillation for certain drinks, is used to produce the alcohol content.
This helps explain why alcohol contains lots of calories – 7 calories a gram in fact, almost as many as a gram of fat. And, of course, additional calories can be present in added mixer drinks.
Regularly drinking more than the NHS recommends can have a noticeable impact on your waistline as well as cause less obvious but more serious health problems.
Tips to avoid weight gain: