How Many Calories Does Alcohol Have?


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Different alcoholic beverages have different calorie contents depending on the beverage's overall ingredients. The alcoholic beverages with the highest calorie contents are often mixed to create something with a greater calorie count than the alcohol itself contains.

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How Many Calories Does Alcohol Have?
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Beer will vary based upon its status as regular or light beer. A 12 ounce serving of regular beer contains 153 calories, whereas light beer measures at 103 calories. In the case of wine, calorie contents also vary widely. The most high-calorie type is sweet wine, which has 165 calories in a 3.5 ounce serving. Sweet vermouth comes in at 140 calories in a 2 ounce serving. A regular red wine has 125 calories, and a regular white wine has 121 in a 5 ounce glass.

Liqueurs have a high calorie count at 165 per 1.5 ounce shot. In the same measurement of brandy or cognac there is 98 calories. The 80-proof alcohols such as gin, rum, vodka, whiskey, and tequila have 97 calories in the same shot glass.

All calorie counts are averages, and the exact amount may vary according to the brand and type of alcoholic beverage.

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