This had to go in my favs. I enjoy a drink every now and then and just knowing the calorie intake is very helpful. I've always cut down extremely for breakfast and lunch if I knew I could possibly have a drink that night -- now I can follow calories a lot closer, Thanks!
This article is great! I think that it's club soda and not tonic water that is the calorie free option though.
3/17/2008 7:18:46 PM
PEGSUM - I couldn't agree more. Whenever I drink I start to get the munchies, so regardless of the calories in the drink, I end up eating more. But for special occasions I guess a little pigging out is okay.
Will, I believe when the Author used the phrase "oftentimes in the form of an alcoholic drink" she isn't suggesting that the drink is necessary for relaxation. I believe she is just stating the simple fact that many people choose to incorporate alcohol into their special occasions.
Concerning wine vs. beer I think serving size comes into play, as well. The serving size of a glass of wine is less than half that of beer. If one glass of wine is satisfactory for your meal then all's well and good. However, if you need two or three when one beer would have done the trick now your calorie count is as much as if not more than the beer, depending on the type of beer.
Of course, I tend to get the Big Daddy's when I go out to my favorite wing house every couple of weeks, but I just exercise a little more and that takes care of everything. Right? ;-)
I am confused. Early in the beginning of the article, the author says, "certain occasions call for a bit of relaxation, oftentimes in the form of an alcoholic drink." and I do not understand the reason for this. Why can't people enjoy parties and gatherings without the need to imbibe in an alcoholic drink? Wine or light beer or whatever someone chooses to drink is fine - if that's what they choose to drink. But I don't think any occasion 'calls for" an alcoholic drink unless the individual concerned chooses to have it.
This is a great source for numbers regarding different calories for different types of alcohol; however, I don't think anyone should feel compelled to have a drink just to relax.
3/17/2008 10:02:47 AM
I drink a glass of red wine occasionally and it's good to see the calories aren't bad and supposedly a moderate amount is good for your heart, too. Thanks for this informative article.
This was a very helpful article, I shared it with all my friends. Even with wine, you can cut it with a flavored seltzer water to make a lower calorie spritzer - perfect for a summer afternoon on the boat when wine might be a bit heavy. Also, i agree that you should always pick quality over quantity. Drink what you like the best, in moderation. You'll be more satisfied.
the satisfaction factor counts for a lot though - One pint of Guinness is far more satisfying than 4 pints of some watered down light beer... (I make it a rule to never drink anything that's the same color coming in as it is going out) drink what you enjoy...
I was under the misconception that beer was a better alternative to wine because wine had a higher calorie content, I fact I was just discussing that with friends. I'm so glad I read this article so I can go back to wine which I definitely prefer when I do have a drink. Much nicer with dinner on occasion!! I just need to pay attention to the size of the glass.
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