Drinkers of Wine Consume 2,000 Calories Every Month

For the majority of us drinking a nice glass of wine is something we look forward to and we usually don’t think that it would be going straight to our hips but for some drinkers, their calorie intake per month can be increased by as much as 2,000 calories.

A recent study in England has shown that a large group of drinkers are not aware of how much the calories can mount up and in fact, the calorie intake is equivalent to 184 packets of crisps or eating thirty eight roast dinners. 

Drinking also makes you eat more, having the odd packet of crisps or peanuts at the bar or a take away on the way home.  To add to the extra food and the alcohol calories, hangover sufferers are more likely to reach for a full breakfast rather than a healthy option the following morning.

A unit of alcohol varies whether it is beer or wine but in volume, one unit is 10ml.

Recommendations

It is recommended that men consume no more than 21 units per week of alcohol with not more than four units in a day. 

For women it is recommended no more than 14 units with only three units in one day.   Three units is equivalent to two large glasses of wine which equals 370 calories, twenty per cent of a woman’s daily calorie intake.

Pregnant women are advised by the Department of Health to avoid alcohol altogether as there is no ‘safe’ figure for alcohol consumed during pregnancy.

Drinking to excess can lead to gaining weight and those consuming alcohol over these recommended limits are at greater risk of developing problems including cirrhosis (liver disease), depression, heart disease and high blood pressure.

Tips for your Night Out

  • Add a soft drink in with your wine or alcohol.
  • Don’t drink at the same pace as others around you, go at your own pace.
  • Don’t drink if you haven’t eaten.
  • Have a healthy snack or meal before you go out and you will be less likely to pick at food later on in the evening.
  • Sip your drink.
  • Try to drink a glass of water or soft drink in-between an alcoholic drink.  This will not only prevent you from getting drunk too quickly but will keep your body hydrated.
  • Try not to binge drink and save up all your units for the week.

Being sensible with your alcohol consumption and sticking to the recommended drinking limits will enable you to keep weight gain down and also lower the risk of serious health problems.