How many calories are in your Friday night bubbly?

Let's just say it's enough to rethink your second drink.

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I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not opposed to a glass of wine in the evening…or ten on the weekend. And while I’m enjoying my late night red or my afternoon cider, I rarely stop, mid-middy, to consider what it’s doing to my waistline (also because I would never order a middy…who invented them?!).

Alcohol is fattening but we often drink it like it’s water, and with no nutrition labelling, it’s easy to forget just how bad it is – or perhaps you didn’t know, so let me enlighten you.

A standard glass of wine contains approximately 130 calories. In layman’s terms, this is the equivalent to one and a half heaped tablespoons of peanut butter, two and a half oreos or a bounty chocolate bar…and this is a ‘standard glass’. The wine that gets poured for you at fancy restaurants (and the glass you’d pour yourself) is closer to 230 calories, the same as a small serving of McDonalds fries.

So next time you sit down for dinner, topping up your humble glass of vino, ask yourself, would you like fries with that?

3 reasons why alcohol is extra fattening:

1. Alcohol contains 7 calories per gram (which is a lot!)

This is almost the same as pure fat (9 calories per gram) and almost double that of carbohydrates and protein (4 calories per gram).

2. Alcohol has almost no nutritional value

Calories in alcohol are called ‘empty calories’ because they have next to no nutritional value. Although most alcoholic beverages contain vitamins and minerals, it’s usually not enough to make a beneficial contribution to our diet.

3. The more you drink, the less fat you burn

Drinking alcohol actually reduces the amount of fat your body burns. Unlike carbohydrates, protein, fat and nutrients, our body is unable to store alcohol. When we have a drink, our system prioritises getting rid of it and in doing so, interrupts all other processes that should be taking place including burning fat and absorbing nutrients.


But seriously, how bad is it?

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Statistics were found via www.drinkaware.co.uk and www.alcohol.gov.au
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Growing up on the Northern Beaches of Sydney with a love of the outdoors, Georgia has always led an active lifestyle. She has a passion for health, fitness and fashion, and loves to travel and try new things. Along with her position at Sporteluxe, Georgia works as a fit model for global fashion brands including Bassike and Christopher Esber, combining her interest in fashion with her dedication to healthy living. She graduated from the University of NSW with a Bachelor of Media (PR and Advertising) and initially pursued the public relations field but was always drawn to journalism due to her love of reading and writing. For Georgia, life is about balance. She leads an active and fulfilled lifestyle and nourishes her mind and body but won't shy away from a burger and wine!