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How many calories in beer, liquor, wine, cocktails?

Updated on May 19, 2009

Quit drinking and lose weight

When I quit drinking I lost an enormous amount of weight…no diet, no exercise (really…I'm lazy) just no alcohol and the pounds fell off my oversized frame.

I was always a beer drunk, and beer is one of the highest caloric ways to get drunk, but all alcohol can add a lot weight when consumed in excess and when consumed with regularity, and this excess weight exacerbates the health complications already created by heavy drinking, including greatly increasing the risks for type 2 diabetes.

No weight gain can be a warning sign!

A lot of alcoholics get fat--although some don’t--but when you see a skinny alcoholic, they are not necessarily healthier, they may either be just consuming all or mostly all liquid calories to maintain that weight, or they may have already damaged their digestive tract and no longer be capable of processing foods efficiently. Malnutrition and vitamin and nutrient deficits are a hallmark of the alcoholic condition, and can greatly worsen experienced symptoms of the disease…so either of these scenarios is far from ideal.

If you drink heavily, you should make sure to take high doses of multi vitamins and mineral supplements, particularly B complex vitamins.

There are about 3500 calories in a pound of fat, and there are about 150 calories in a regular beer. About 23 beers adds a pound of fat unless countered with exercise or limited food intake; and for a serious alcoholic, 23 beers just sounds like one good night out!

The calories in some common alcoholic drinks

  • 1 standard bottle or can of beer (not strong beer) =150 calories
  • 1 ounce of liquor (without mixer, which can add a lot of calories) += 65 calories
  • 1 ounce of after dinner liqueurs = 188 calories
  • 1 glass of red wine (125 ml) = 80 calories
  • 1 glass of dry white wine (125 mls) = 75 calories
  • 1 martini = 140 calories
  • 1 cooler = 150 calories
  • 1 margarita =168 calories

If you drink to excess, you should either stop or moderate your consumption, and your appearance and physical shape is likely the least of your worries; but one of the many great side effects of sobriety and abstinence is (for many) a sudden and dramatic weight loss. You'll look a lot better and you'll feel a lot better.

If you don’t have an alcohol abuse or dependency problem but are concerned about your weight, be very aware of the number of drinks you consume in a month, and think about how many hours on the treadmill a few margaritas requires!

I am an alcoholic and should never drink, many can responsibly, far too many cannot; if you have a drinking problem you will feel better for besting it, and one of the great additional perks is that you'll attract a lot more backward glances as you walk down the sidewalk!


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      Chris 5 years ago

      I'm drunk and fat right now

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      JerCatt 5 years ago

      I drink like a fish. 36, 138lbs, 5'8.

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      Alex 5 years ago

      I love drinking but I hate being fat!

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      Alex 5 years ago

      I love drinking but I hate being fat!

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      matt 6 years ago

      i get smashed every night and im a fat bastard

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      gemma 6 years ago

      would i lose weight if i go from a hole bottle of wine or a bolle of voka once a week and total stop?

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      Brandon 6 years ago

      Yeah.. i find too much beer really attacks your face.. makes it all puffy.. when you stop drinking it escapes a lot from there as well as gut and love handles... drinking beer can be alright if you lift weights a few times a week. like me. The Masterpiece Brandon Hishon

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      Paco 6 years ago

      i want to loose the weight but I can't stop drinking. What should I do?

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      NEENEE 6 years ago

      My doctor advised the same thing for me because of weight gain,and because of the calories,I like beer but she wan't me to lose weight,alos I'm type2 diabetic.I can't wait to see the pounds come off.

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      zeppyrhiel 6 years ago

      i drink on average 84 beers per week, hehehehehehe

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      coco 6 years ago

      I drink my 6 beers every night and never gain any weight

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      AlmostLola 6 years ago

      Very helpful. Thanks for sharing.

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      shavoun 7 years ago

      Ur so smart. I drink every night, because I like to and I put my self in the drinking enviorment, all my friends drink, so I say what the hay!. And now I feel so big, I went for a size 5 goin on a size 9. Thanks for the help, imma stop drinking

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      ggerner 7 years ago

      It's helpful to see the calories in black and white. I consider myself fortunate to be a wine lover, not beer or mixed drinks. Now all the more reason to be a wino. :) Everything in moderation.

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      Esayer 7 years ago

      I quit drinking 3 weeks ago and have lost about 10 lbs so far. I've been drinking at least a bottle of wine a night for well over 10 years and was about 40 lbs overweight. Almost overnight, my skin looks 10 years younger, and I feel so much better about myself. Everyone who hasn't seen me in awhile says how awesome I look and I can't wait to see how long it will take to get back into fighting shape. If only I did this years ago! But you do have to be in the right frame of mind to not drink.

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      Rose Barrett 7 years ago

      This is actually a good deterrent for some people. I think it would benefit many people if we were all aware of the calorie count of many of the foods and beverages we ingest. For me, I will still enjoy a glass of wine but will probably stop at two glasses.

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      jagator28 8 years ago

      I haven't had a drink in a week and haven't smoked in 3 weeks. Ive abused both for way too long. Im glad to see there will be a weight loss along with the health benefits.

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      theshoe 8 years ago

      18 years ago I experienced the same weight loss when I abstained from alcohol for 2 years. I went from 228lb. to 180lb. without any exercise. When I reached 180lb., I required exercise to reach my ideal weight of 170lb. I started drinking again with the mistaken belief I could control my alcohol consumption. Now at 52 years old, I weigh 270lb and I see signs of type 2 diabetes.

      Thanks for your hubs. They're giving me the motivation to abstain and kick this insidious habit once and for all.

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      DAISY 8 years ago

      It's taking ages to find the answer to the weight loss question thanks a lot, Definately staying of the Wine, lost 4pounds since cutting down to 3 glasses a night instead of two bottles! hopefully I can get back into my size 12 jeans, currently size 16 all because of drink! thanks again

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      what katie does 8 years ago from tokyo, japan

      lovely post.

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      Khal_d 8 years ago from Somewhere in Indian Ocean

      Nice hub. Love the pic you have choosen for the hub. Calories in beer can change according to the strenght of alcohol. Check,

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      Brad 8 years ago

      Im my 20`s I was rale thin, then I drank 5000 calories of alcohol a night. I gained 40 lbs. Well when I quit 10 yrs later I lost that 40 lbs in less than 3 months. im back as that rale thin college student

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      Mahmoud  9 years ago

      I love the way you explained it. I personally drink a beer or two on weekends. I work out and when i drink i make sure i don't consume a lot of calories that night so i don't go over my daily calories limit.

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      Patrice 10 years ago

      This site actually had numbers....what I was looking for. I like to count calories. it is factual that aprox 3500 calories =1lb. Simple math, simple fact. Just sitting burns aprox 100 cal per hr for an average healthy person. Simple facts. Moderation and calculation live for health and be happy.

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      Maria Cristina Aquino Santander 10 years ago from Manila

      Nice hub. It is very informative and very helpful.