Good news or the bad news?
That's the good news about alcohol and calories.
And the bad? Well, drinking alcohol makes you hungry. Very hungry.
Midnight burgers and 3am kebabs that you just can’t go without after a few drinks … well, let's face it, these things are loaded with calories. The same goes for that big pile of fried comfort goodies you have for 'the-morning-after' breakfast.
Metro UK did a calorie count of a random night out and it came to a - (those of a sensitive disposition stop reading here!) - whopping 5,725 calories. To burn those bad boys off, there’s a serious workout needed.
How to avoid calories in alcohol and keep your six-pack intact
A sweet drink like Piña Colada cocktail, for instance, can easily have close to 400 calories. Other sweet drinks, such as sweet liqueurs, sweet wines and soda mixers, are filled with sugar calories too.
Next up in our calorie count are beer and wine. Both of them can have a wide range when it comes to the sugar content, but in general a glass of wine (1 dcl) is considered to have about 100 calories and a pint of beer 170 calories.
A rule of thumb is that lagers and wheat beers are lower in carbs and therefore calories than the darker, heavier types of beer.
Further down the scale, distilled spirits are pretty much “zero carb”, meaning that their calories come from alcohol, not sugars. How many calories are we talking about? On average, about 65 calories per 30 ml (1 oz.) shot of Whisky, Gin and the likes.
So, the calorie count committee would say that opting for a spirit the next time you're having a drink will do the least harm to your six-pack and waistline.