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Making Wise Holiday Drinking Choices

Compiled by Allison Dhuyvetter, Program Assistant

The Dietary Guidelines for Americans includes “maximum” alcohol recommendations associated with health. For women, the maximum is one drink per day, and for men, two drinks per day. Some studies have shown heart-health benefits associated with red wine, for example. However, the holiday season is when more people are likely to drink beyond their limits than any other time of the year. Knowing what a standard drink size is and the calories associated with common alcoholic beverages can help people make wise, healthful decisions this year if they choose to have a beverage containing alcohol.

A standard alcoholic drink is considered to be 5 ounces wine (12 percent alcohol), 12 ounces beer (5 percent alcohol) or 1.5 ounces spirits (40 percent alcohol).  The table below shows the calorie amounts of common alcohol-containing beverages. Notice that some drinks have 3 to 4 alcohol servings in one beverage. Use this information to monitor your calorie and alcohol intake. Also, if you choose to indulge this season, remember that coffee does not help with over indulging. Time is the only factor that removes alcohol from your bloodstream. Of course, everyone should drink responsibly and no one should drink and drive.

 

Alcoholic Beverage

Beverage Serving Size

Number of Alcohol Servings/
Beverage

Calories

Beer

12 ounces

1

150

Light beer

12 ounces

1

110

Dark beer

12 ounces

1

168

Non-alcoholic beer

12 ounces

1

70

Sweet dessert wine

5 ounces

1

344

Red wine

5 ounces

1

105

White wine

5 ounces

1

100

Sparkling white wine

5 ounces

1

106

Bloody Mary (vodka, tomato juice, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, Tabasco sauce, lime)

4.6 ounces

1

120

Daiquiri (light rum, limes, powdered sugar)

2.7 ounces

1

137

Gin and tonic (gin, tonic water, lime)

7 ounces

1.33

189

Irish Coffee  (Irish whiskey, coffee, sugar, whipped cream)

10.2 ounces

1

159

Margarita (coarse salt, lime, white tequila, triple sec, lime juice, crushed ice)

6.3 ounces

3

327

Martini (gin, dry vermouth)

2 ounces

1.33

119

Mudslide (Vodka, coffee liqueur, Irish cream, vanilla ice cream)

12 ounces

4

820

Pina colada (Malibu rum, pineapple juice, cream)

8 ounces

2.13

312

Rum and coke (rum, cola)

12 ounces

2.67

361

Screwdriver (vodka, orange juice)

7 ounces

1.33

208

Whiskey sour (whiskey, lemon juice, powdered sugar, cherry, lemon slice)

3 ounces

1.33

125

*Caloric content will vary by recipe.

 

 

Sources:

U.S. Department of Agriculture. (2004). Nutrition and your health: Dietary guidelines for Americans. Retrieved from http://health.gov/dietaryguidelines/dga2005/report/html/table_e3.htm

National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. (2014). The truth about holiday spirits.

National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. (n.d.). What is a standard drink?

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