Alcohol in moderation has benefits to our health, for example 1-2 units per day are protective against heart disease.
Alcoholic drinks are very high in calories, so if you want to lose weight you should consider reducing the amount of alcohol that you are drinking. Alcohol increases your appetite; some people tend to notice that they eat more when they drink alcohol. Watch out for high calorie nibbles like nuts and crisps.
Below is a list showing the calorie content of alcoholic drinks.
|1 pint strong cider||280-440|
|1 alcopop (275ml bottle)||160-180|
|½ pint sweet cider||105|
|1 small glass (125ml) sweet white wine||118|
|½ pint dry cider||105|
|½ pint of lager||90|
|1 small glass (125ml) red wine||86|
|1 glass vodka and tonic (25ml vodka)||85|
|1 small glass (125ml) dry white wine||83|
|1 glass (50ml) sweet sherry||68|
|1 glass (50ml) dry sherry||58|
How much alcohol should I drink?
To help you lose weight, Weight Concern would recommend the following:
1 unit =
Choose non-alcoholic drinks carefully, alcohol free does not mean calorie free.