Excessive alcohol intake is linked to several health issues such as obesity, diabetes, hypertension, stroke, atrial fibrillation, and liver damage.
If you drink alcoholic beverages, do so in moderation. Keep to not more than two standard drinks a day (for women) and three drinks a day (for men). A standard drink contains 10g of pure alcohol and is equivalent to a can of beer (220ml), one glass of wine (100ml), or one nip (30ml) of spirits.
Alcohol contains 7 kcal per gram, which is just slightly lower than that of fat (9 kcal/g). Cocktails and mixers are sweetened with soft drinks and syrups, adding on to their sugar and calorie content. That is why regular drinkers tend to have abdominal obesity also known as the infamous beer belly.
|Alcohol beverage||Amount||Calories (kcal)|
|Beer||1 can (330ml)||158kcal|
|Wine||Half glass (100ml)||140kcal|
|Hard liquor||1 nip (30ml)||89kcal|
If you have a medical condition, it is advisable to discuss with your doctor on alcohol consumption and possible effects on prescribed medications.
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