Wednesday, January 30, 2013

There are lots of calories in alcoholic beverages

When you decide to have a beer or a glass of wine, the number of calories involved may not even be on your mind. But those calories can add up fast.

 * Men ages 20 to 39 consume the most alcoholic beverage calories, 174 calories a day, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

. * About 20 percent of men and 5 percent of women drink beer on any given day; 4 percent of men and 7 percent of women drink wine.

 * Caloric intake from alcoholic beverages was slightly higher in people with the highest income levels.

 * According to the University of Rochester, a 1.5-oz. shot of liquor has between 115 and 200 calories, compared to a 4-oz. glass of wine that has between 62 and 160.

 A 12-oz. can of light beer, depending on the brand you choose, may have 100 calories or more. Regular beer has between 140 and 200 calories.

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