How many calories are in alcohol?

Summer provides many opportunities to enjoy our favorite cocktails. However, if you're counting calories at summer barbeques and festivals, remember to include alcoholic drinks in your calculations. You may be surprised by how many calories are in an average drink.
  •  Beer: regular, 12 oz. = 150-200 calories
  •  Beer: light, 12 oz. = 100-130 calories
  •  Wine: dry, 5 oz. = 100-110 calories
  •  Wine cooler: 12 oz. = 180-200 calories
  •  Distilled spirits (80-proof): 1 1/2 oz = 100 calories
  •  Cordial or liqueur: 1 1/2 oz = 160 calories
And remember that juices, sodas and mixers add even more calories to your cocktails. To cut down on the number of calories you drink this summer, drink slowly and drink less. Dilute beverages with ice or fresh juices. And remember the Dietary Guidelines recommend up to one drink per day for women and up to two drinks a day for men.

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