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The Definitive Calorie Guide for your Favourite Alcoholic Drinks

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Posted on June 10, 2019 by Ciaran Robinson in Nutrition

Summer is here. As soon as the weather is good (if it ever will), more people will be in the beer gardens. That summer body you’ve worked so hard for can be gone in a matter of weeks. This is why you need to know for sure what you are putting into your body before you go for a drinking bout.

In this article, I’ve picked out some of the most common alcoholic drinks and I’m going to talk about how many calories each has.

Pint of Guinness

Pint of Guinness

For people seeking weight loss, Guinness is generally one of the most recommended alcoholic drinks. This doesn’t mean that it helps with weight loss or that it won’t affect the number of pounds you gain. What I’m saying is dark stout is one of the lightest in terms of calories.

A pint of Guinness will only contain 125 calories. This is only about 8% of your recommended daily calorie intake. However, like all alcoholic beverages, you need to be careful about how much you consume.

While 125 calories may not seem like a lot at first, consuming 6 adds up quickly. That’s 750 calories when you do the math. Seems like a load of calories to get from alcohol! So even though it contains antioxidants and minerals that are good for the body, it still has the ability to make a difference.

Pint of Coors Light

Coors light pint and can

Want to enjoy the summer without worrying about gaining weight? Next, you need to start considering light beers. Currently, Coors Light lager contains only 102 calories. That’s about the same number of calories as three slices of turkey!

The downside to Coors Light, however, is the fact that it is a light beer. Light beer generally has a lower alcohol content than regular beer. This means that consumers may be tempted to drink an indiscriminate number of bottles just to feel a little intoxicated.

Pint of Heineken

Pint of Heineken

Anyone who has been drinking beer for long enough has probably heard of this brand. Heineken is one of the most popular brands of beer available today.

However, just because something is popular doesn’t mean it’s really good for you. While studies have shown that moderate beer consumption can have some health benefits, it’s important to know that a pint of Heineken contains no less than 238 calories. It’s a lot!

So, the next time you want to buy a Heineken for its moderate health benefits, ask yourself if those calories are worth it. Ask yourself, “Am I sure I can’t get the same benefits from healthier food options?” “

Glass of red wine

Bottle of red wine and a glass

Almost everyone loves a good glass of red wine. Red wine has been confirmed to lower blood cholesterol levels and reduce the risk of heart disease. This does not mean that they are calorie free, however.

On average, a 250ml glass of wine would contain at least 214 calories. It is much more than the amount of calories in a piece of cake. What this means for fitness junkies is that every time you consume a glass of wine you will need at least 20 minutes of running to burn it off.

Glass of white wine

Two glasses of white wine

A 175ml glass of white wine contains at least 159 calories. While this may not seem like much, remember that a small glass of wine is not really much. You might want to have a little more than a drink. By the time you’ve had two drinks, that’s already around 350 empty calories. It’s much better if you train yourself to always keep your wine to one glass or not to drink at all.

Glass of Prosecco

Two glasses of champagne

Who doesn’t love a good glass of sparkling wine? Prosecco wine is a signature white wine from Italy. Just like other wines, it contains sodium and potassium and can be beneficial for the body when consumed in moderation. Compared to other wines and alcoholic drinks, it contains less calories.

A 175 ml glass will contain approximately 117 calories. The trick, however, is that it also contains less alcohol than other drinks. This means that a person looking to get drunk while drinking Prosecco should consume a significant number of glasses. And that’s exactly how calories stack up.

Gin-tonic

Gin Tonic drink

Gin and tonic is the drink that can get you there as quickly as possible, because gin packs a punch and is no less than 35% alcohol.

The difficulty with gin and tonic is that you don’t just get the calories from the alcohol, you get the calories from the sugary mixers as well. So now you have a lot more calories than you expected. A 30 ml glass of gin mixed with 250 ml of tonic water contains 200 calories. For an adult, this is about ten percent of your daily intake, from a single drink.

In addition to being high in calories, strong drinks like gin damage your liver in large amounts when consumed regularly. It is best that if you want to enjoy this mixture, you do so in moderation.

Vodka shot

Vodka shot

If you’re a movie lover, you’ll agree that taking photos of vodka sounds like a lot of fun. But before you think about how much fun you’re going to have with vodka, know that a 1-ounce serving of the drink contains no less than 64 calories. It’s not a lot, is it? Not exactly. For such a small amount, 64 calories is a lot of empty calories to get from a single drink.

As with almost everything else in life, alcohol is okay as long as it is consumed in moderation. Now, I’ll admit that counting calories isn’t exactly the most effective way to stay healthy, however, consistently exceeding your daily intake won’t do your body any good. Life is short so make sure you always have a good time. But also remember that it can be much shorter if you let it go too far.

Please drink responsibly.

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