Know the Calories of Your Alcoholic Drinks



It really is true that wine – particularly red wine – does contain several antioxidants, such as quercetin and resveratrol, which may play a part in helping to prevent heart disease and cancer.  To avoid significant risk to health women should drink no more than three units a day while men should have a maximum of four units a day.

According to Alcohol Concern, at least one in four men and one in seven women drink more than the guidelines.  This can make you more vulnerable to heart disorders, including high blood pressure and stroke, even if you are not in a high-risk group.  For women in their twenties, drinking heavily can contribute to osteoporosis later on.

How many kcals are in a pint of beer?

It’s actually 180 kcals – the same as one average-sized sausage roll!

How many kcals are in a pint of cider?

It’s actually 220 kcals – roughly equivalent to one iced ring doughnut.

How many kcals are in one 175ml glass of wine?

In fact, it’s 160 kcals – roughly the same as a medium latte…

How many kcals are in one glass of Champagne?

It’s 90 kcals – about the same as a chocolate digestive…

How many kcals are in a single 25ml shot of spirits?

It’s 60 kcals – about the same as one small banana…

How many kcals are in an average 275ml bottle of alcopop?

It’s actually 170 kcal – about the same as one slice of Battenberg cake!

How many units are you really drinking?

Use this guide to see how many units of alcohol are in a small 125ml glass of wine.

Be aware that when you order a glass of wine in a bar or restaurant you will often be served a measure larger than 125ml.

  • 9% alcohol by volume = 1 unit
  • 10% abv = 1.25 units
  • 11% abv = 1.375 units
  • 12% abv = 1.5 units
  • 13% abv = 1.625 units
  • 14% abv = 1.75 units

All calorie figures given are averages.  Information sources: Nutritional therapist Kerry Torrens and DrinkAware.  For alcohol advice, including UK alcohol unit guidelines, information on how drink affects your health and much more, visit the DrinkAware website.


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