A common question among individuals who may, or may not have an addiction concern, is regarding the calories in different drink options. For many, the interest in low calorie drinks is healthy related.
If you are interested in learning more about calories found in alcohol, this link would be a good resource to review. This page would include caloric drink charts including various wines, beers, hard seltzers and mixed beverages.
Another page that can be helpful to you would be physical effects of calories in alcohol. Many find that this page can help provide a better understanding for how our bodies metabolize calories in alcoholic beverages.
This page will build on the information on the first link with additional charts including lowest calorie liquor chart.
Before we get into what drinks have lower calories, let’s take a minute to talk about what the benefits are to choosing a drink with lower calories.
One factor would be that calories coming from alcohol has little, if any, nutritional benefit. You may be able to argue a slight benefit depending on what a drink is made with (for example, fruit juice), however most drinks provide no substantial benefit to our health.
As a result, calories from alcoholic drinks are commonly referred to as “empty calories”. If we consume more calories than we burn in a day, then we would store the calories which can lead to weight gain.
So the benefit of lower calorie drinks is that you are avoiding some of the unnecessary calories in drinks. Many liquors can be mixed with soda’s, however choosing a mixer like seltzer, or soda water, would be a lower calorie choice as they have zero calories.
Low calorie drinks does not correlate with a lower percentage of alcohol. This is important to remember, as some may not be aware. Another factor that contributes to having a lower calorie drink would be the serving size of the drink. The standard drink sizes may vary from what we can pour ourselves at home.
Many individuals consider the amount of calories in their drinks when choosing beverages. The reasons can be different for each person. The following alcohol calorie chart includes mixed drinks that are 100 calories or less. Please keep in mind the serving size listed for each drink, as this may vary from drink to drink.
As shown below, rum mixed with diet coke has the lowest amount of calories for a single mixed drink. If a person was to have a drink such as rum neat or rum on the rocks, then the amount of calories would be lower than if it was mixed with soda. This is followed closely by the calories in vodka and diet coke. Dark rum and tequila drinks having a higher caloric count when compared to other drink options.
While drinks mixed with diet sodas have a lower calorie count, there are other ingredients in the soda that can decreases its health benefits.
|Vodka and Seltzer||12 ounce||65 Calories|
|Champagne||125 ml||86 Calories|
|Red Wine||175 ml||100 Calories|
|Scotch on the rocks||35 ml||80 Calories|
|Gin & Tonic||Single (25 ml)||93 Calories|
|Vodka and Diet Soda||Single (25 ml)||54 Calories|
|Rum and Diet Soda||Single (25 ml)||52 Calories|
|Dark Rum||Single (25 ml)||96 Calories|
|Tequila||Single (25 ml)||97 Calories|
|Whiskey & Lemonade||Single (25 ml)||82 Calories|
|Jack Daniels and Diet Coke||Single (25 ml)||58 Calories|
|Southern Comfort and Lemonade||Single (25ml)||84 Calories|
|Southern Comfort and Diet Lemonade||Single (25ml)||60 Calories|
|Martini Rosso||Single (50 ml)||70 Calories|
|Lambrini Bianco M/ Dry||150 ml bottle||82 Calories|
|Lambrini Bianco M/Dry||175 ml glass||96 Calories|
|Martini Bianco||Single (50 ml)||73 Calories|
|Martini Extra Dry||Single (50 ml)||48 Calories|
|Martini Extra Dry||Double (100 ml)||95 Calories|
|Vermouth, Dry||Single (50 ml)||54 Calories|
|Vermouth, Sweet||Single (50 ml)||76 Calories|
Beer’s That Are 100 Calories or Less
Similar to the section above, please be aware of the serving size being referenced with each calorie count.
The lowest calorie beer shown on the chart below would be Budweiser Select 55 with 55 calories per 12 oz serving. Many low calorie beers will fall between the 80-100 calorie range.
As individuals are becoming more mindful of the calories in their drinks, beer companies are competing with each other to develop lower calorie drink options.
This can be seen as a positive for individuals who are interested in lower calorie options. As time goes on, one can bet that there will be several new drink options that can be added to the chart.
|Amstel Bier Lager||½ Pint||71 Calories|
|Amstel Light||12 oz bottle||92 Calories|
|Banks Bitter||1 Pint||85 Calories|
|Beck’s Premier Light||12 oz bottle||64 Calories|
|Best/Premium Bitter||½ Pint||99 Calories|
|Boddingtons Draught Bitter||½ Pint||94 Calories|
|Bud Ice||½ Pint||82 Calories|
|Budweiser Select 55||12 oz bottle||55 Calories|
|Busch Light||12 oz can||95 Calories|
|Carling||½ Pint||96 Calories|
|Carling Rock||½ Pint||94 Calories|
|Carlsberg Lager||½ Pint||91 Calories|
|Corona Light||12 oz bottle||100 Calories|
|Corona Premier||12 oz bottle||90 Calories|
|Fosters||½ Pint||97 Calories|
|Genesse Light||12 oz can||100 Calories|
|John Smiths Bitter||½ Pint||74 Calories|
|Laguintas Day Time IPA||12 oz can||98 Calories|
|Low Alcohol Bitter||½ Pint||37 Calories|
|Low Alcohol Bitter Pint||Pint||74 Calories|
|Low Alcohol Lager||½ Pint||45 Calories|
|Low Alcohol Lager||Pint||91 Calories|
|Michelob ULTRA||12 oz bottle||95 Calories|
|Michelob Ultra Amber||12 oz bottle||95 Calories|
|Michelob Ultra Pure Gold Organic Light Lager||12 oz bottle||85 Calories|
|Miller 64||12 oz bottle||64 Calories|
|Miller Light||12 oz can||96 Calories|
|Milwaukee’s Best Light||12 oz can||96 Calories|
|Natural Light||12 oz can||95 Calories|
|Premium Lager||½ Pint||82 Calories|
|Regular Lager||½ Pint||82 Calories|
|Regular Bitter||½ Pint||85 Calories|
|Saint Archer Gold Light Lager Beer||12 oz can||95 Calories|
|Sinner Ruby Redbird||12 oz bottle||95 Calories|
|Skol Lager||½ Pint||68 Calories|
|Slightly Mighty Lo-Cal IPA||12 oz can||95 Calories|
|Trophy Bitter||½ Pint||85 Calories|
|Whitebread Best Bitter||½ Pint||94 Calories|
Hard Seltzers That Are 100 Calories or Less
Similar to the sections above, please be aware of the serving size being referenced with each calorie count.
The lowest calorie hard seltzer option would be Henry’s Hard Sparkling Water coming in with 88 Calories.
|White Claw||355 ml||100 Calories|
|Bud Light Seltzer||355 ml||100 Calories|
|Bon & Viv Spiked Seltzer||355 ml||90 Calories|
|Truly Hard Seltzer||355 ml||100 Calories|
|Corona Hard Seltzer||355 ml||90 Calories|
|Henry’s Hard Sparkling Water||355 ml||88 Calories|
Concerning Signs from Drinking Alcohol
It is important to note the concerning signs for alcohol use. Individuals who drink alcohol regularly or consume larger quantities, are at a higher risk for developing health concerns and an addiction to alcohol.
Signs to be aware of would be:
· Drinking more than you initially intended
· Drinking more frequently than in the past
· Missing important family and social events
· Your drinking has a negative impact on your career
· Your drinking has a negative impact on your relationships
· Experiencing hangovers frequently
· Blacking out
If you, or someone you know, can identify with any of the above points, take time to do your research. These do not mean that an individual is an alcoholic, or will become an alcoholic. However, if you are experiencing negative consequences from your drinking it is worth exploring.
Talking to someone you trust could be a place to start. Some choose to talk about their concerns with their Primary Care Physician and hear their feedback. Others feel that attending therapy is a positive choice as this can help address other concerns that they may be facing.
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