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?
Drinking five 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 Chocolate Mini Roll A pint of 5% strength beer 215kcal 1 packet of salted crisps A glass (50ml) of (17%) cream liqueur 118kcal 1 Milky Way bar A standard bottle (330ml) of 5% alcopop 237kcal 3 teacakes A double measure (50ml) of 17.5% fortified wine 65kcal 1 bourbon biscuitYou 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 – seven 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.
Tips to avoid weight gain:
For more help on reducing your alcohol intake, read Tips on cutting down.
Important: Our website provides useful information but is not a substitute for medical advice. You should always seek the advice of your doctor when making decisions about your health.