university of sussex

How many calories in that pint?

You may be drinking more units of alcohol than you think.

And you’re almost certainly drinking more calories than you think…

photo by jenny downing

photo by jenny downing

A study at the University of Sussex asked participants to pour measures of alcohol and asked how many units the measures contained. Nearly two-thirds of the participants underestimated the total number of units in the drinks they had poured.

If you think that’s worrying, wait until you read how many calories each drink contains.

Emily Clark says in Student Direct that her housemate, “drank 511 calories; 6 units – the equivalent of 1.7 burgers”. Clark says that would need a 51-minute run to burn those calories off.

I hope those 6 units of alcohol have been accurately counted, because the calorific content may be even higher, if the Sussex study is anything to go by.

One bottle of WKD or a single pint of lager contain roughly 250 calories. That one drink alone is 10% of the recommended intake of calories per day for an average man (12.5% for an average woman). Three drinks later and you’ve enjoyed a third of your daily intake.

It’s easy to forget that drink is part of your daily intake, just the same as food. When you’re trying to maintain a balanced diet, remember the impact on your body when you enjoy a few pints out.

You may have heard people say that a pint of Guinness is like a meal. Maybe all alcohol is like a meal. How many portions will you enjoy tonight…?