How many calories are in your favourite drinks?

The results may surprise you...

1y ago

The calories found in alcohol are often not accounted for when trying to maintain or lose weight. In fact, it is sometimes a double whammy as we tend to eat less healthily when drinking (thinking of the proverbial takeaway after a night out!). Wouldn't it be nice if these calories actually made us full and saved the need of food?

With this in mind, it's not a bad idea to know how good or bad your favourite drink is for the waistline. T he Christmas period is almost upon us and with many festivities to partake in, your choice of drink could be the difference between hundreds (or even thousands) of calories –depending on how much you drink, of course.

Note: calorie content may vary slightly depending on brand and what is added to the drink .

F​un facts

– The effects of alcohol on the body occur when ethanol enters the bloodstream and passes through the membranes of cells in your brain, heart and other organs.

– Muscles absorb alcohol faster than fat. Therefore, people with a larger muscle mass and lower body fat generally have a higher alcohol tolerance.

– Alcohol is processed in the liver, where enzymes help break down ethanol into acetaldehyde and acetate.

– Binge drinking can lead to hangovers, which are caused by chemical by-products created during alcohol processing.

– Red wine contains resveratrol, a substance that helps control cholesterol, prevent blood vessel damage and blood clots.

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Comments (11)

  • nice article Darren. was a bit shocked by margaritas though (my go-to cocktail). I guess it depends a lot how you make it but I thought tequila, like vodka, was relatively low in calories compared to its ABV

      1 year ago
    • Maybe I need to edit this to show the range of calories as it may come across misleading. At the low end they can kick in around 200-200kcal, but this rises as per above depending on how much sugar and margarita mix is added. This is the...

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        1 year ago
    • well you've got engagement so I don't think you did the wrong thing!

        1 year ago
  • Some people unfortunately do have to be more mindful however

      1 year ago
  • Thank you and I couldn’t disagree with that personally!

      1 year ago
  • It isn't just the calorific content, or indeed the damage to the nervous system or the brain itself, possibly resulting from dehydration during or after a session, it's the effect on hormone production that produces the oddest effects.

    And "risky behaviour due to lowered inhibitions "

    Not so fun facts ,

    sorry scratch that, theories or theorems :

    Current research suggests that the human liver produces an enzyme that represses oestrogen.

    So if you're a bloke and you drink, you will probably incur some sort of liver damage, and your liver won't repress oestrogen production.

    If you're not a bloke and you drink, expect , um, headaches ?

    It's the current working theory.

    The classic Aussie joke from at least as far back as the '70s was burly truck drivers developing , um, man cans, in addition to the stereotypical beer gut.

    In fact, it has been found that some poorer people who inhabit tropical countries suffer liver damage as a result from picking up a parasitic infestations like Schistosoma, typically entering the blood stream , from a cut in the foot when walking in open shoes around water ways at "pristine environment " holiday resorts, and/or in locations where there are pig farms up streams.

    The theory goes that the parasitic worm inhabits the liver, has a bit of a munch on it, which impedes the liver function, and oestrogen production is no longer repressed, resulting in a bit of a headache,

    for medical researchers.

    And an increase in stored body fat.


    is a genus of trematodes, commonly known as blood flukes. They are parasitic flatworms responsible for a highly significant group of infections in humans termed schistosomiasis, which is considered by the World Health Organization as the second-most socioeconomically devastating parasitic disease (after malaria), with hundreds of millions infected worldwide.[1][2]

    Adult flatworms parasitize blood capillaries of either the mesenteries or plexus of the bladder, depending on the infecting species. They are unique among trematodes and any other flatworms in that they are dioecious with distinct sexual dimorphism between male and female. Thousands of eggs are released and reach either the bladder or the intestine (according to the infecting species), and these are then excreted in urine or feces to fresh water. Larvae must then pass through an intermediate snail host, before the next larval stage of the parasite emerges that can infect a new mammalian host by directly penetrating the skin.The eggs of these parasites were first seen by Theodor Maximilian Bilharz, a German pathologist working in Egypt in 1851 who found the eggs of Schistosoma haematobium during the course of a post mortem. He wrote two letters to his former teacher von Siebold in May and August 1851 describing his findings. Von Siebold published a paper in 1852 summarizing Bilharz's findings. Bilharz wrote a paper in 1856 describing the worms more fully and he named them Distoma haematobium. Their unusual morphology meant that they could not be comfortably included in Distoma. So in 1856 Meckel von Helmsback created the genus Bilharzia for them. In 1858 David Friedrich Weinland proposed the name Schistosoma (Greek: "split body") after the male worms' morphology. Despite Bilharzia having precedence, the genus name Schistosoma was officially adopted by the International Commission on Zoological Nomenclature. The term Bilharzia to describe infection with these parasites is still in use in medical circles.

    Bilharz also described Schistosoma mansoni, but this species was redescribed by Louis Westenra Sambon in 1907 at the London School of Tropical Medicine who named it after his teacher Patrick Manson.

    Perhaps , avoid alcohol, when visiting the tropics, keep your shoes , be wary of hygiene issues, enquire about the water treatment facilities, or bring your own bottled water, and don't walk in natural water courses. And maybe avoid warm hot tubs, where creepy things might be breeding ?

      1 year ago
  • I honestly can't believe a Long Island racks up that many calories! Might help explain why I like them so much though...

      1 year ago
    • As i just mentioned above, i am going to edit this as what I wrote is clearly misleading. There can be quite a big range depending on what goes in.

        1 year ago