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Alcohol and Nutrition: The Calorie and Carb Breakdown!

150 Calories or Less

  • A 1.5-ounce shot of 80-proof liquor, such as vodka, rum, tequila, or gin, has 100 calories.

  • A 12-ounce light beer has 100 calories and 5 carbohydrate grams.

  • A 6-ounce glass of white wine has 120 calories and 1.4 carbohydrate grams.

  • A 1.5-ounce shot of 100-proof liquor has 124 calories.

  • A 6-ounce glass of red wine has 128 calories and 3 carbohydrate grams = A CinnaStix or Cheesy Bread Stick from Domino's (123 calories each). 

150 - 200 Calories

  • A 12-ounce beer has 150 calories and 13 carbohydrate grams = A slice of a 12 inch Crunchy Thin Crust pizza with Ham from Domino's (148 calories and 14 carbs).

  • If having a mixed drink, you must also include the total number of calories for your beverage in the calculation. For example, 2 ounces of rum plus 4 ounces of cola total 182 calories and 12 carbohydrate grams = A slice of a 12 inch Crunchy Thin Crust pizza with Sausage from Domino's (181 calories).

Calorie and Carb Breakdown


Although pure alcohol contains calories, 7 calories/gram, (compared to 4 calories/gram for carbohydrates and sugar and 9 calories/gram for fat), it should not make up a significant portion of one's daily caloric intake for several reasons.

Although, alcoholic beverages can provide energy, they are unbalanced and do not contain any of the proteins, fats, vitamins, or minerals and few of the carbohydrates needed to maintain healthy body functions.

Finally, alcohol actually inhibits the absorption of several nutrients, in particular vitamins B1, B2, B3, B6, B12, and folic acid. "The process of metabolizing alcohol requires nutrients. As the liver decreases its supply of these nutrients, the blood stream is called upon to replenish the supply. As a result, body cells are deprived of critical nutrients and normal body functions suffer."



Sources: The BACCHUS Network™


200 Calories Plus

  • Liqueurs frequently have higher sugar and fat contents, contributing to greater calories. For example, 5 ounces of a popular cream liqueur totals 468 calories = one slice of a 14 inch Ultimate Deep Dish ExtravaganZZa Feast from Domino's (468 calories).