How Many Calories in Alcohol?

calories in alcohol

Many people whether health conscious or not are interested in the amount of calories that are contained in the food that they eat and the liquids that they drink, with alcohol itself containing vast amount of calories on top of all of the flavourings that go with many alcoholic drinks it is common knowledge that they can be high in calories. So whether you want to know about how many calories in beer or how many calories in a glass of wine this is the page for you!

The bare fact of things are is that alcohol can make you fat, we have all heard of the infamous beer belly and some of even get to see this every day when we are confronted with our reflection in the mirror, there is no coincidence that the word 'beer' is in the title!

Alcohol is involved in the life of most people to a degree, whether it is an odd glass of wine each night after a day at work or a few beers with the lads at the weekend to watch the game. The role that alcohol plays is bigger in some people's lives than others but these people are not necessarily the ones that are concerned with how many calories in alcohol. Some people can counteract the amount of alcohol they drink and calories that they take in by having an active lifestyle and a regular exercise routine but others who have a more sedentary way of living may see the effects of the calories in alcoholic drinks much sooner in life.

Alcohol is metabolised and absorbed much more quickly than other things that we take into our body, other than using alcohol for energy the body will develop it into fat which will be stored on your body, hence the beer belly synonym.

We are going to cover how many calories in alcohol now with different types of alcoholic drinks.

How many calories in beer

We will start off with discussing the number of calories in various types of beer, as we all know that beer is an incredibly popular alcoholic beverage, especially among guys. As proud as you may be that you can go out with your mates and neck ten pints and still be able to talk coherently, beer is not doing you the world of good, in fact it is going to do nothing but make you fat.

One beer or a couple of beers contain realtively few calories but let's face it when you go out with your mates you generally do not quit after that amount, unless you are driving of course! Below we have highlighted how many calories in beer for different varieties of beer. Calories in beer will cause you to gain weight and will also provide you with that beer guy or the early onset of what is known as 'the middle age spread'.

Calories in beer list

The beers below are mostly bottles that are generally 12 fl oz(330ml) unless stated as a pint.

  • Amstel light bottle 355ml - 95
  • Becks bottle 355ml - 99
  • Becks pint - 204
  • Budweiser bottle 355ml - 145
  • Bud light bottle 355ml - 110
  • Budweiser pint - 250
  • Budweiser light pint - 227
  • Coors light bottle 355ml - 102
  • Corona bottle 355ml - 148
  • Corona light bottle 355ml - 109
  • Corona extra bottle 355ml - 148
  • Fosters pint - 193
  • Fosters export can 440ml - 163
  • Guiness pint - 210
  • Guiness can 440ml - 185
  • Heineken bottle 355ml - 110
  • Heineken pint - 227
  • Heineken Export bottle 355ml - 148
  • Heineken Export pint - 256
  • Sam Adams Boston Lager bottle 355ml - 160
  • Stella Artois bottle 355ml - 162

As you can see from the above list of calories in beer the amount of calories does vary in the type of beer it is that you are drinking and also whether or not it is a light beer or an export. Beer calories really can mount up if you enjoy your beer and if you are somebody on a diet or who actively counts your calories you will see that it is best to be avoided in high volumes.

How many calories in a bottle of wine

We have a whole page dedicated to how many calories in wine so please visit that for a full breakdown of calories in both red wine and also calories found in white wine, this has been provided for both glasses and bottles.

A brief explanation of calories in alcohol as far as wine goes is that you will generally find that in a 4 or 5oz glass of wine there will be at least 100 calories and considering most bottles of wine are approximately 25.4oz that the minimum amount of calories in a bottle of wine will be around 500 calories. Please see our calories in wine page for a more detailed explanation though and a comprehensive list of the types of wine and the calories that they contain.

Calories in vodka

Other than beer and wine, vodka is arguably the most common type of alcohol consumed, but how many calories are in vodka? We are now going to discuss the calories in vodka on its own and also with the mixers that vodka is commonly consumed with as these will all bump up the amount of calories in this alcoholic beverage.

How many calories in a shot of vodka?

  • There are 56 calories in one shot of 40% vodka which is 1.5 fl oz
  • There are 124 calories in one shot of 50% vodka which is 1.5 fl oz
  • There are 2 calories per ml of 40% vodka
  • There are 73 calories per 1 fl oz of 40% vodka
  • There are 3 calories per ml of 50% vodka
  • There are 83 calories per 1 fl oz of 50% vodka

Now we will show how many calories in vodka along with the mixers that they are most commonly consumed with:

  • Single vodka and coke 25ml/0.85 fl oz - 120 calories
  • Double vodka and coke 50ml/1.7 fl oz - 175 calories
  • Single vodka and diet coke 25ml/0.85 fl oz - 56 calories
  • Double vodka and diet coke 50ml/1.7 fl oz - 120 calories
  • Single vodka, lime and soda 25ml/0.85 fl oz - 76 calories
  • Double vodka, lime and soda 50ml/1.7 fl oz - 131 calories

As you can see vodka is already quite high in calories and the higher the percentage of alcohol the higher the calories in vodka will be. As vodka contains literally no carbohydrates, fat or protein all of the vodka calories are from the alcohol itself. As you can see the amount of vodka calories are increased when a mixer is added and as most people do like to enjoy this spirit with some sort of soda the chances of skimming these calories off are rather low. Of course you can always go for a diet soda instead as this will also have a reduced amount of calories in it and then if you are someone that likes their spirits you will be able to significantly reduce your vodka calorie intake over the course of the night.

Now that you are aware of how many calories are in vodka we will proceed to talk about how many calories in alcohol by covering another liquor favourite, whiskey.

How many calories in whiskey

Whiskey is another very popular alcoholic drink that is consumed on its own or with a mixer and our list of how many calories in alcohol would not be complete without mention of some of the more popular whiskeys out there. We all know that there are a great many different types of whiskey out there but how many calories in whiskey?

  • There are 2 calories per ml of 40% whiskey
  • There are 73 calories per 1 fl oz of 40% whiskey
  • There are 3 calories per ml of 50% whiskey
  • There are 82 calories per 1 fl oz of 50% whiskey
  • 1.5 fl oz 50% whiskey with mixer - 124 calories
  • 1.5 fl oz 40% whiskey with mixer - 110 calories

Now we will show how many calories in whiskey for the type of whiskey along with a mixer as they are most commonly consumed with these:

  • Single Jack Daniels and coke 25ml/0.85 fl oz - 129 calories
  • Double Jack Daniels and coke 50ml/1.7 fl oz - 193 calories
  • Single Jack Daniels and diet coke 25ml/0.85 fl oz - 64 calories
  • Double Jack Daniels and diet coke 50ml/1.7 fl oz - 128 calories
  • Single Southern Comfort and lemonade 25ml/0.85 fl oz - 73 calories
  • Double Southern Comfort and lemonade 50ml/1.7 fl oz - 119 calories
  • Single Southern Comfort and diet lemonade 25ml/0.85 fl oz - 48 calories
  • Double Southern Comfort and diet lemonade 50ml/1.7 fl oz - 94 calories

Obviously the different types of whiskey are made differently so therefore the calories that they contain will also differ. Despite the ingredients and they way that they are made they are often have a different volume of alcohol which as we have explained earlier on our how many calories in alcohol page will have an effect on the amount of calories that the drink contains.

We hope that you have found this page useful and that we have covered the calories in your drink of choice. Please also see our calories in wine page and also our main page on calories in food for more useful information to help you in your calorie counting efforts.


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