How many calories are in alcoholic drinks?

    Learn how many calories are in a glass of wine, a pint of beer or cider, a shot of spirits and other alcoholic drinks with our at-a-glance infographic.

    Ever wondered how many calories are in one glass of wine? It might be more than you imagine. We've created an at-a-glance chart to show the calories in different alcoholic drinks, plus the food equivalent, so you can keep track of exactly how many calories you're drinking.

    However, it's important to remember that an appropriate calorie intake is just one aspect of a healthy, balanced diet. While we've shown average food items as a comparison, you won't get the same nutrition from both – for example, we've compared the calories in an average shot of spirits with a banana, but the banana is, of course, the healthier option. Always drink responsibly and in moderation.

    All calorie figures given are averages. Information sources: nutritionist Kerry Torrens and DrinkAware. For alcohol advice, including UK alcohol unit guidelines, information on how drink affects your health and much more, visit the DrinkAware website.

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    This page was reviewed on 6th December 2018 by Kerry Torrens.

    Kerry Torrens is a qualified Nutritionist (MBANT) with a post graduate diploma in Personalised Nutrition & Nutritional Therapy. She is a member of the British Association for Nutrition and Lifestyle Medicine (BANT) and a member of the Guild of Food Writers. Over the last 15 years she has been a contributing author to a number of nutritional and cookery publications including BBC Good Food.

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    Arthur Smythe
    14th Dec, 2017
    For a great low calorie cocktail, try mixing half a pint of Guiness with a near half pint of coca cola. Top with a dram of vodka and lashings of Kahlua.
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    David Grenfell
    13th Dec, 2017
    Please show the millimetres for each drink. Beer clearly has the least calories but a casual glance may create the wrong impression.
    JOHN DIPALMA's picture
    13th Dec, 2017
    Are you measuring the LENGTH of the beer glass or the VOLUME??? You mean MILLILITERS and not MILLIMETERS !!!It says the beer is one pint that is 16 ounces(UK) or about 454milliliters.
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    John Bloy
    13th Dec, 2017
    20 ounces is UK 16 is US.
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