Pouring Glass of Beer
Posted on June 10th, 2019 by Ciaran Robinson in Nutrition

Summer is here. As soon as the weather gets good (if it ever will) more people will be out in the beer gardens. That summer body you worked so hard to get can be gone in a matter of weeks. That’s why you need to know for sure what you’re putting into your body before you go on a drinking spree.

In this post, I have selected some of the most common alcoholic drinks, and I’m going to talk about just how many calories each of them is packing.

Pint of Guinness

Pint of Guinness

For people on a weight loss journey, Guinness is usually one of the more recommended alcoholic beverages. This is not to say that it aids weight loss, or that it will not affect how many pounds you pack on. What I’m saying is that the dark stout is one of the lighter ones when it comes to the calories.

A pint of Guinness will contain just 125 calories. That’s only about 8 percent of your recommended daily calorie intake. However, like all alcoholic drinks, you have to be careful about how much you consume.

While 125 calories may not seem like a lot at first, downing 6 of them add up quickly. That’s 750 calories when you do the math. Seems like a load of calories to be getting from alcohol! So even though it contains some antioxidants and minerals that are good for the body, it still has the capacity to make a difference.

Pint of Coors Light

Coors light pint and can

You want to enjoy the summer without worrying about gaining weight? Then you need to start considering light beers. As it stands, the Coors Light lager beer contains just 102 calories. That’s about the same number of calories as three slices of turkey!

The downside to the Coors Light however is the fact that it is a light beer. Light beer usually has a lower alcohol content than regular beer. This means that consumers may be tempted to drink an indiscriminate number of bottles just to feel a little intoxicated.

Pint of Heineken

Pint of Heineken

Anyone who has been drinking beer long enough has probably heard of this brand. Heineken is one of the most popular beer brands available today.

However, just because something is popular doesn’t mean it’s exactly good for you. Although studies have shown that moderate consumption of beer might have a few health benefits, it is important to know that a pint of Heineken contains no less than 238 calories. That’s a lot!

So the next time you want to buy a Heineken for the moderate health benefits, think about whether those calories are worth it. Ask yourself, “Am I sure I can’t get the same benefits from healthier food options?”

Glass of Red wine

Bottle of Red Wine and a Glass

Nearly everyone loves a good glass of red wine. Red wine has been confirmed to lower blood cholesterol levels and lower the risk of heart diseases. This does not mean that they are calorie free though.

On the average, a 250 ml glass of wine would contain at least 214 calories. That is way more than the amount of calories in a slice of cake. What this means for the fitness junkie is that whenever you consume a glass of wine, you will need at least 20 minutes of running to burn it off.

Glass of White Wine

Two Glasses of White Wine

A 175ml glass of white wine contains at least 159 calories. While this might not seem so much, remember that a small glass of wine is not really a lot. You might want to get a little more than one glass. By the time you’ve had two glasses, that already about 350 empty calories. It’s much better if you train yourself to always keep your wine drinking to one glass or not drink at all.

Glass of Prosecco

Two Glasses of Champagne

Who doesn’t love a good glass of sparkling wine? The Prosecco wine is a signature white wine from Italy. Just like other wines, it has some Sodium and Potassium and can be beneficial to the body when consumed moderately. When compared to other wines and alcoholic drinks, it contains fewer calories.

A 175ml glass will hold about 117 calories in it. The trick however is that it also contains less alcohol than other drinks. This means that someone looking to get intoxicated from drinking the Prosecco would have to consume a significant number of glasses. And that’s exactly how the calories pile on.

Gin and Tonic

Gin and Tonic Drink

Gin and tonic is the drink that can get you there in the shortest amount of time, as gin packs a punch and contains no less than 35% alcohol.

The tricky thing about gin and tonic is that you don’t just get the calories from the spirit, you get calories from the sugary mixers as well. So now you have much more calories than you bargained for. A 30ml pour of gin mixed with 250ml of tonic water contains 200 calories. For an adult, that’s about ten percent of your daily intake, from a single drink.

In addition to being a load of calories, strong drinks like gin are damaging to your liver in large quantities when consumed regularly. It’s best that if you want to enjoy this mixture, you do so in moderation.

Shot of Vodka

Shot of Vodka

If you’re a lover of movies, you’ll agree taking vodka shots appears to be a lot of fun. But before you think of how much fun you’re going to be having with vodka, know that a 1 ounce shot of the drink contains no less than 64 calories. That’s not a lot right? Not exactly. For a quantity that small, 64 calories is a lot of empty calories to be getting from one drink.


As with nearly every other thing in life, alcohol is okay as long as it is done in moderation. Now I admit that calorie counting is not exactly the most effective way to stay healthy, however, going above your daily intake regularly will do your body no good. Life is short so make sure you’re always having a good time. But also remember, it can be a lot shorter if you let things go too far.

Please drink responsibly.