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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