Hidden calories in alcohol
The term ‘beer belly’ can be a bit misleading when it comes to alcohol and weight gain. Pure alcohol is fattening whatever drink it’s in – so it’s no more fattening in beer than in wine for example.
With around seven calories per gram, alcohol contains almost the same calories as pure fat.
Different alcoholic drinks have different calorific content and it’s important that you understand what’s in your drink and how it can affect your weight. On top of this, many alcoholic drinks are also high in sugar meaning you could be consuming lots of empty calories, which could lead to weight gain, putting your long term health at risk.
How heavy nights out can contribute to a beer belly
Some pints of lager can contain 180 calories, the equivalent of a slice of pizza. Stouts and ales can be as calorific as a whole bagel (around 250 calories per pint!) and a pint of cider can contain as many calories as a sugared doughnut.
That means on a night out, you could be consuming almost your whole day’s healthy calorie intake (2,500 for men) just in alcohol.