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Calorific Value In Alcohol

Monday, April 20th, 2009 Calorific Value In Alcohol

It has been determined that many people who drink alcohol are ignorant in relation to the calorific content in alcohol according to a recent BBC article (17 04 09).

Moreover, it is understood that four out of ten people surveyed did not know a glass of wine has the same calories (120) as a slice of cake, or that a pint of lager and a small sausage roll have 170 each.

The poll was carried out using a sample of 2,000 people from England as part of the governments drive to change the populations drinking habits.

It has also been suggested that after a heavy drinking session the likelihood of an unhealthy breakfast follows which compounds the problem in piling on the pounds.

The Know Your Limits campaign has in the past focused on other consequences of drinking, such as disease risk.

Essentially, the campaign is set to coincide with the focus on weight. The Department of Health (DOH) carried out research showing a regular beer drinker, who downed five pints a week or 250 over the course of a year packed away the same number of calories as someone eating 221 doughnuts over the space of 12 months.

In addition, it also revealed that the average wine drinker consumed inexcess of 2,000 calories each month. Over the course of a year equates to the equivalent of eating an extra 38 roast beef dinners. Health minister Phil Hope said: “Regularly drinking more than our recommended daily limits can have a knock-on effect on our health, including an expanding waistline.

“It’s not only the calories in the drinks themselves that can help to pile on the pounds, we’re also more likely to eat fatty foods when we’ve had one too many.”

Heather Caswell, of the British Nutrition Foundation, added: “Most people would baulk at consuming a full glass of single cream, but wouldn’t think twice about a couple of pints.

“But the calorie content is similar and, over time, excess alcohol intake is likely to lead to weight gain.”

And a spokesman for the Drinkaware Trust added: It’s imperative we are in the know when it comes to what we are drinking. ”

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