After spending a month of Christmas festivities with wine or alcohol nearly every day, its time to cut down the alcohol to a normal amount each week.  Many clients say its hard to go back.  One young client asked me which is less calorie, wine or milk.  Interesting: wine is about 90 kcal for 4 oz (1/2 cup or 125 mls). Milk 1% is about 50 kcal for 4 oz (1/2 cup or 125 mls). A shot of alcohol is 80 kcal and a light beer is 80 kcal.  Enjoy a glass of milk with your meal or try mixing a 1/2 cup of juice (100% pure juice) with soda water and ice for a refreshing drink (contains Vit C, potassium and folic acid). Similar kcal level with some nutrition.

How much alcohol is OK.

Low Risk Alcohol Drinking Guidelines from Health Canada and the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse

Reduce your long-term health risks by drinking no more than:

  • 10 drinks a week for women, with no more than 2 drinks a day most days80 kcal with unwanted sodium intake can increase blood pressure.
  • 15 drinks a week for men, with no more than 3 drinks a day most days

Keep in mind if you are drinking this much every week you are likely gaining a pound a month from empty calories.

Butt, P., Beirness, D., Gliksman, L., Paradis, C., & Stockwell, T. (2011). Alcohol and health in Canada: A summary of evidence and guidelines for low-risk drinking. Ottawa, ON: Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse.

Source webpage:  Guide Canadian Centre for Substance Abuse