Is alcohol making you fat?

If you've put on a few pounds over Christmas, cutting back on your alcohol intake could do wonders for your waistline - find out more in this article from our Wellbeing Zone...

Many people don't realise that alcohol has almost the same amount of calories per gram as pure fat, so if you've overdone it over Christmas and want to lose a few pounds, cutting back on how much you drink can be a good place to start. 

AlcoholTake a look at this article from our Wellbeing Zone about the effects alcohol can have on your waistline…

Alcohol contains a lot of calories - 7 calories a gram in fact. That's almost the same as pure fat! This compares to 4 calories a gram for protein, 4 calories a gram for carbohydrates, and 9 calories a gram for fat.

According to a recent survey, people who consider themselves average wine drinkers (a few glasses a week) consume an excess of 2,000 calories per month. Over the course of a year, this is the equivalent of eating 184 packets of crisps!

Tips to avoid gaining weight:

  • Stick to your daily recommended units - new government guidance advises you should drink no more than 14 units per week for men and women, spread evenly across the week (a pint of lager and a 250ml glass of wine both contain 3 units of alcohol)
  • Avoid sugary juices, fizzy drinks and mixers - try low-calorie tonic water instead
  • Don't drink on an empty stomach - eat a healthy meal before going out
  • Drink water between alcoholic drinks to help you consume less alcohol and reduce your calorie intake
  • Avoid drinking in rounds so you don't end up drinking more than you planned
  • Take small sips and drink at your own pace
  • Avoid 'binge drinking' - some people are under the misapprehension that they can 'save up' their units to splurge at the weekend.

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