Calories from alcohol are ‘empty calories’ – they have no nutritional value. Most alcoholic drinks have very small amounts of vitamins and minerals, but not enough to make any nutritional difference, said Drinkaware.
A single pint of beer contains the same amount of calories as a slice of pizza, the charity said.
A large glass of wine (250ml) could add up to 228 calories to your dinner – the equivalent to an ice cream or a couple of fish fingers.
But, there are ways to drink in moderation while keeping your weight down, according to Superfood UK nutritionist, Shona Wilkinson.
“To keep the calories down when you’re drinking, try going with single shots of spirits such as gin, whisky or vodka with a sugar-free mixer such as slimline tonic,” said Wilkinson.
“If you’re drinking cocktails, then look for those made just with fruit juice and spirits rather than those containing sugary syrups or extra added sugar.”
For those that prefer beer, Wilkinson said: “Go for a light beer, which can contains around 100 calories or fewer per bottle – fewer than half the calories in a large glass of wine.”
Prosecco could be good for the blood, as it contains high levels of polyphenols, she said.
“Polyphenols slow down the normal removal of nitric oxide from the blood, which helps to increase circulation,” Wilkinson added.
According to MuscleFood.com, these are the best drink swaps to make to lower calorie intake:
- Sweet White Wine 175ml 160cal – Champagne 120ml 89cal
- Gin & Tonic 210ml 170cal – Slim Line G&T 210ml 115cal
- Vodka Tonic 280ml 175cal Skinny Vodka Tonic 280ml 106cal
- Lager 568ml (1 Pint) 208cal – Barbell Brew Beer 330ml 92cal
- Mojito 230ml 242cal – Martini 250ml 70cal
- Long Island Iced Tea 420ml 424cal – Cosmopolitan 250ml 100cal
- Margarita 230ml 280cal – Moscow Mule 170ml 120cal
Drinking alcohol reduces the amount of fat the body burns for energy, according to Drinkaware.
While we can store nutrients, proteins, carbohydrates and fat in our bodies, we can’t store alcohol, so our systems want to get rid of it. It becomes a priority, meaning burning fat and absorbing nutrients are put on the back-burner, it said.
You can calculate how many calories are in your alcoholic drinks by heading to Drinkaware.
Excessive drinking can cause major health problems. For more information, see Drinkaware.co.uk.