"The combination of alcohol and a high-calorie meal is especially fattening, mainly because alcohol acts as a potent appetizer."
Calorie chart showing the amount of calories in a range of popular alcoholic drinks.
The calorie chart below provides information on the number of calories in a selection of popular alcoholic drinks. Often when people start dieting they will also choose low-calorie alcoholic drinks, mainly because they contain fewer alcohol calories than regular full strength drinks.
The combination of alcohol and a high-calorie meal is especially fattening, mainly because alcohol acts as a potent appetizer.
The calories in alcohol are metabolized first by the body, ahead of burning fat - which is not desirable if on a weight loss diet. With 7 calories per gram, the number of calories in alcohol is second only after fat (9 cals/g).
A Canadian study shows that an aperitif (an alcoholic drink taken before a meal to increase the appetite) increased calorie intake to a greater extent than a carbohydrate-based drink.
This chart shows how many calories in a selection of alcohol products.
|Calories in Alcoholic Drinks|
|Type of Alcoholic Drink||Size of Drink||Number of Calories in Alcoholic Drink|
|Baileys Irish Cream||1 glass||120|
|Wine white dry||100ml||65|
|Wine white medium||100ml||70|
|Wine white sweet||100ml||90|
|Wine white sparkling||100ml||74|