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Alcohol contains calories too!

alcohol has calories

Did you know that a pint of Lager contains the same calories as a slice of chocolate cake?

Alcohol contains 7 calories per gram and these calories have no nutritional value.

The calorie content increases with any mixers you add to your drink, such as juice or sugary soft drinks. Alcohol can also make you feel hungry, as it lowers your blood sugar levels.

Make sure you do not exceed the recommended 1-2 units a day for men and women. Revised UK C M O chief medical officer's guidelines dept of health

  • 250 ml of red wine=140 g stir fry chicken and noodles 170 k cal

  • 25 ml vodka=thin slice of granary bread 22 g 56-52 k cal

  • half pint ale 4% 284ml=85kcal 1 unit

  • half pint larger 4% 284 ml=94 k cal 1 unit

  • half pint stout 4% 284ml=85kcal 1 unit

  • half pint dry cider 5% 284ml=102kcal 1.5 unit

  • half pint sweet cider 5% 284ml=119kcal1.5 unit

  • WKD vodka blue 275ml 1 bottle=216kcal 1 unit

  • small glass red wine 125ml=85kcal 1.5 unit

  • small glass dry white wine 125ml=83kcal 1.5 unit

  • small glass sweet wine 125ml=118kcal 1.5 unit

  • glass of champagne 125ml=95kcal 1.5 unit

  • irish cream 50ml=163kcal 1 unit

  • sherry 50ml=58kcal 1 unit

  • advocat 50ml=130kcal 1 unit

  • port 50ml =79kcal 1 unit

  • vermouth sweet 50ml=76kcal 1 unit

  • brandy 25 ml=56kcal 1unit

  • gin 25ml=56kcal 1 unit

  • rum 25ml=56kcal 1 unit

  • sweet liquer 25ml= 64kcal

  • vodka 25ml =56kcal 1 unit

  • whisky 25ml=56kcal 1 unit

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Drinking too much alcohol can contribute to a number of health problems ranging from liver damage to high blood pressure and obesity.

Binge drinking (more than 4 units at any one time) is bad for your health and should be avoided. In other words you should not save up all your units for the week and drink them all in one go. (BDA Fact sheet)

Here are some simple tips to help control your drinking when you go out (BDA Fact sheet):

  • Plan how much you are going to drink and how much you are willing to spend

  • Eat your main meal before you start to drink

  • Avoid salty snacks such as crisps and salted nuts because these make you thirstier (as well as being high in fat and salt)

  • Have some non-alcoholic or low-alcoholic drinks through the evening

  • Always have a glass or bottle of water with you

  • Think about the strength of your drink ( try lower ‘ABV’, or ‘alcohol by volume)

  • Replace high calorie mixer for a lower calorie one

  • If you are a daily drinker then try introducing alcohol free days

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