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The best and worst alcoholic beverages for your waistline   

15 May 2020

The best and worst alcoholic beverages for your waistline

We find ourselves in challenging times, and it seems that many people are turning to beers, wine, and spirits for comfort. And nobody would blame them. However, if you're concerned about calories, you can make smarter choices whilst still enjoying a few cheeky drinks.
Here is our guide to how many calories are in your favourite alcoholic drinks.
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White wine: 121 calories per glass... not too bad for a treat... but unfortunately that equates to 605 calories per bottle, so don't get too carried away!
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Red wine: 125 calories per glass. Slightly more than the white, however keep in mind that red wine is full of antioxidants and a small amount (1 glass per day) may actually help to fight weight gain, as well as having many other health benefits. 
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Champagne: 96 calories per glass - the winner of the wines!
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Beer: 208 calories per pint - alongside a high carb content, beer is not your beach bodies friend. 
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Cider: 210 calories per pint - unfortunately cider may also have to be reduced to an occasional treat. 
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Tequila: Those shots that seem like such a good idea at 1am are coming in at 104 calories - maybe we won't be so ready to agree next time. 
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Vodka and Gin: Vodka and gin are some of your best options, coming in at 55 calories each for a shot. However, add a sugary mixer and you'll only be adding more calories - a gin and tonic comes in at 120 calories. Mix with soda for no extra cals. 
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Alcohol doesn't have to be completely cut out to achieve your body goals, just be smart about what you sip! 

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How Bad Are Your Favourite Alcoholic Drinks For Your Skin?   

13 Apr 2018

How Bad Are Your Favourite Alcoholic Drinks For Your Skin?

 With sunny days just around the corner (next week hopefully!), it's inevitable that most of us will be heading to our favourite beer gardens and rooftop bars to enjoy a few cheeky drinks in the sun. Sure, we know alcohol is bad for us but it provides such a lovely summer pastime - something about those rays just makes us yearn for cocktails. So, if you're concerned about your skin, let us fill you in on which drinks are the worst for your skin, and which aren't so bad, so you can at least make an informed decision. 

You can also check out our previous blog post on which drinks have the most calories.

Tequila

tequila

Due to it's lower sugar content compared to other drinks, our lovely little 3am treats are less likely to cause a breakout. It's also less likely to leave you with a hangover compared to darker spirits like rum or whisky. Skip the salt for best results. Margaritas all round, please!

 Beer

beer

On the one hand, beer has a relatively high salt content, which is not great for your skin. On the other hand, it contains antioxidants and even has anti-ageing benefits. It can also be less dehydrating than other drinks as it has a lower alcohol content and tends to be drunk slower - good for the skin AND the hangover. 

Gin and Vodka

Gin and vodka are low in both salt and sugar, meaning that they are not as bad for your skin as other drinks. They also produce less of a hangover! HOWEVER if you mix your spirit with sugary soft drinks all night (including in cocktails) the effects on your skin will be considerably worse. For best results, mix with water, soda water or diet soft drinks. 

 White Wine

white wine

Winos look away now - you will not like what you're about to read! Unfortunately your favourite glass of savvy b is high in sugar, causing cell damage and skin ageing. There are no benefits for your skin, just damage (sad face). 

Mojito

We hate to say it, but this delicious classic cocktail is loaded with sugar. Long term this leads to increased wrinkles and acne. But if you can't give up this tasty, rum-based treat, you could always ask the bartender to make it with half as much sugar as usual...

 Red Wine

red wine

Unfortunately our favourite winter tipple is just about the worst drink for your skin. Maybe we can justify it by remembering all the health benefits of red wine...

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