Calories and Alcohol In Beer: How Many and How Much?

calories-alcohol-in-beerHave you ever noticed that alcohol doesn’t fill you up the way food does?  Here’s why: it doesn’t register as “food” in your GI tract or your brain.

The bad news:  it doesn’t fill you up but it does have calories — 7 calories a gram – more than carbs and protein which have 4 calories a gram and fat which has 9.  So, even though it might not seem as though you’re putting calories into your body, you could be taking in a lot of calories and not feel stuffed (perhaps drunk, but not stuffed).

How Much Alcohol is in Beer?

A standard drink in the United States is equal to 14.0 grams (0.6 ounces) of pure alcohol. Generally, that’s the amount of pure alcohol found in:

  • 12 ounces of beer
  • 8 ounces of malt liquor
  • 5 ounces of wine
  • 1.5 ounces or a “shot” of 80-proof distilled spirits or liquor (e.g., gin, rum, vodka, or whiskey)

Is Beer or Wine Safer to Drink than Liquor?

No. Don’t be fooled. One 12-ounce beer has about the same amount of alcohol as one 5-ounce glass of wine, or 1.5-ounce shot of liquor. It’s the amount of alcohol consumed that affects a person most, not the type of alcoholic drink.

How Many Calories Are in Your (12 ounce) Beer Bottle? 

  • Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Ale: 330 calories
  • Samuel Adams Boston Lager: 180 calories
  • Guinness Extra Stout: 176 calories
  • Pete’s Wicked Ale: 174 calories
  • Harpoon IPA: 170 calories
  • Heineken: 166 calories
  • Killian’s Irish Red: 163 calories
  • Long Trail: 163 calories
  • Molson Ice: 160 calories
  • Samuel Adams Brown Ale:  160 calories
  • Budweiser:  144 calories
  • Corona Light: 105 calories
  • Coors Light: 102 calories
  • Heineken Light: 99 calories
  • Budweiser Select: 99 calories
  • Miller Light: 96 calories
  • Amstel Light: 95 calories
  • Anheuser Busch Natural Light: 95 calories
  • Michelob Ultra: 95 calories
  • Miller MGD 64:  64 calories
  • Beck’s Premier Light: 64 calories

Calorie Saver:

Analyze your beer choice.  Since there’s a very wide variation in the calories in beer, can you be satisfied with one of the lower calorie brews?

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