Calories in Alcohol

Alcohol is almost as calorie dense as fat.

Pure alcohol has 7 calories per gram (fat has 9 calories per gram). However most beers also have a high amount of carbohydrate (4 calories per gram).

Alcohol suppresses the bodies ability to burn fat, so if you are trying to lose fat, consuming alcohol is counter-productive.

If you drink, drink in moderation and aim for a light beer or a small glass of red wine.

Beer Calories

  Serving Calories Carbs
(g)
Protein
(g)
Fat
(g)

Regular Beer

12 fl. oz or 350 mls 139 (580 kj) 10.8 1.1 0.0
Light Beer 12 fl. oz or 350 mls 103 (425 kj) 5.2 1.0 0.0

Wine Calories

  Serving Calories Carbs
(g)
Protein
(g)
Fat
(g)

White Wine

1 glass, 3.5 fl. oz 70 (294 kj) 0.8 0.1 0.0
Red Wine 1 glass, 3.5 fl. oz 74 (310 kj) 1.8 0.2 0.0
Champagne 1 glass, 4 fl. oz 85 (355 kj) 2 0 0
Sparkling White 1 glass, 4 fl. oz 93 (389 kj) 4 0 0
Sparkling Red 1 glass, 4 fl. oz 89 (372 kj) 3 0 0


See a full range of Alcoholic Beverages.

References

  • Baraona, E., & Lieber, C. S. (1979). Effects of ethanol on lipid metabolism. Journal of lipid research, 20(3), 289-315. Link
  • Raben, A., Agerholm-Larsen, L., Flint, A., Holst, J. J., & Astrup, A. (2003). Meals with similar energy densities but rich in protein, fat, carbohydrate, or alcohol have different effects on energy expenditure and substrate metabolism but not on appetite and energy intake. The American journal of clinical nutrition, 77(1), 91-100. Link
Last Updated 1 Jan 2015