With office parties and get-togethers with family and friends, it can be easy to overindulge when it comes to alcohol. Just like food, it's important to keep serving sizes in mind, and in check. When it comes to holiday cheer, toasting a glass to loved ones and friends is traditional.
But what's in that glass could be adding unnecessary inches to your waistline! It all depends on what your drink of choice is, and how many drinks you consume.
If you step up to the bar this holiday season, remember looks can be deceiving. Registered dietitian Natalie Webb says, "Whether you are having one-and-a-half ounces of a distilled spirit, ( such as vodka ) or you're having a 5 oz. glass of wine, or a 12 oz. beer, they all provide you with the same amount of alcohol, which is about 1/2 an ounce. "
Federal dietary guidelines characterize moderate drinking as two drinks for men per day, and one, for women. Men are able to metabolize more alcohol. Five or more drinks on any single occasion is considered a binge. Another reason to watch what you drink, those calories can add up. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture many holiday drinks are loaded with them.
So how do drinks stack up? A standard serving of beer it's about 120 calories. A standard 5-ounce glass of wine is about 105 calories. A regular shot (or one-and-a-half ounces of a distilled spirits) is about 97 calories. When it comes to distilled spirits the mixers added can pack a mean calorie punch on top!
If your taste leans away from alcohol, homemade hot cocoa with regular milk can add 192 calories per 8 ounce cup.
Craving that holiday favorite, eggnog? It packs a whopping 391 calories in an 8 ounce glass, if you have it with alcohol. It is 343 calories without alcohol.
Make sure you eat something to absorb whatever you're drinking. To keep the holidays happy, if you plan to drink, don't plan to drive.
Finally, if you're planning on champagne to ring in the New Year, a 4 ounce glass has 96 bubbly calories. Nutritionists also recommended reduced-fat and sugar-free versions of many drinks, including eggnog and hot cocoa.