How many calories are in alcoholic drinks?

(Public Health England)


See how many calories are in a glass of wine, a pint of beer, alcopop and other alcoholic drinks with our handy infographic.

Alcohol and weight gain

Alcoholic drinks are made by fermenting and distilling natural starch and sugar. Being high in sugar means alcohol contains lots of calories. Calories from alcohol are known as ‘empty calories’, they have no nutritional value.With a pint of beer containing the same amount of calories as a slice of cake, the calories in alcohol soon add up!

Cutting back on the amount you drink can significantly help to reduce your calorie intake

Medical warning

Get medical advice before you stop drinking if you have physical withdrawal symptoms (like shaking, sweating or feeling anxious until you have your first drink of the day). It can be dangerous to stop drinking too quickly without proper support.

Find your balance

Drinking a bit less can help you find a healthier balance with things like sleep, mood, energy and weight. Get started today with easy ideas to cut down.

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