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.
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: