Want to keep the calories to a minimum this Christmas? Many people worry about letting loose and enjoying themselves over the festive period, as they don’t want to undo the months of hard work they’ve put into their weight loss progress.
If you want to choose your booze wisely this Christmas, here are some interesting alcohol facts and a useful calorie guide.
- The effects of alcohol on the body occur when ethanol enters our bloodstream and passes through the membranes of cells in your brain, heart, and other organs.
- Muscles absorb alcohol faster than fat. Therefore, people with larger muscle mass and lower body fat have higher alcohol tolerance.
- Alcohol is processed in the liver, where enzymes help break down ethanol into acetaldehyde and acetate.
- Binge drinking can lead to hangovers, which are caused by chemical byproducts created during alcohol processing.
- Red wine contains resveratrol, a substance which helps control cholesterol, prevent blood vessel damage, and stop blood clots. Therefore moderate red wine drinking is considered to have a healthy effect on the heart.
How many calories are in alcohol?
Here is the calorie information for the most popular tipple consumed at Christmas. With this information in mind, will you choose different drinks?
|White wine||120 (5oz)|
|Red wine||125 (5oz)|
|Vodka shot||96 (1.5oz)|
|Rum shot||96 (1.5oz)|
|Tequila shot||104 (1.5oz)|
|Jägermeister shot||155 (1.5oz)|
|Rum and coke||142|
|Gin and tonic||150|
|Dark and stormy||172|