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Drinking Ditches Diets 2009-04-20

Posted by clype in Health, Statistics.
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In a poll by The Government’s Know Your Limits campaign of 1954 adults, only 37% of drinkers admitted that having more than two pints of beer or two glasses of wine makes them over-eat and ditch the healthy diet (63% said they maintained their healthy diet) — just 29% said they ordered crisps, nuts or pork scratchings to accompany their drinks (71% didn’t), and a tiny 19% regularly grabbed a takeaway in the form of pizza, burger, a bag of chips or kebab (a whopping 81% managed to resist those temptations).

But it’s not all good news, for the poll revealed that the morning-after fry-up seems to wreak havoc with people’s health; most — 62 % who normally eat a bowl of cereal or muesli said they ditched that in favour of a less healthy breakfast following a big night out.

  • The average wine drinker consumesĀ  66 calories/day from alcohol alone, government research suggests (275 kJ/day).

The poll also had other good news, showing that the message is getting across, although there is lots of room for improvement; while just 42% of women surveyed said they had no idea a glass of white wine had the same calories as a bag of crisps, most women surveyed did know — 58% in fact.

It was a similar story for men — 60% knew that a pint of lager had as many calories as a sausage roll, while 40% didn’t realise that alcohol was as fattening.

The NHS recommends that men should not regularly drink more than three to four units of alcohol a day while women should not regularly drink more than two to three units a day.

250ml is a quarter of a litre and is roughly half-a-pint. As a rough guide, a pint of lager equals two very large glasses of white wine:-

A large glass of white wine contains 3 units of alcohol and contains around 185 calories, which is about 11% of an average woman’s daily calorie allowance. Whereas, the same glass (half-pint) of lager at 5.2% strength only contains 1.5 units.



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