Alcohol Awareness Week aims to raise awareness about alcohol consumption and the damage excess drink can cause.
This is particularly important ahead of the festive season and Christmas where alcohol is often consumed more regularly.
Typically, for men this equivalent to a pint and a half of 4% beer and for women it is equivalent to a 175 ml glass of wine.
Calculate what is in your drink here: http://www.drinkaware.co.uk/understand-your-drinking/unit-calorie-calculator/
Excessive alcohol consumption can affect you both mentally and physically causing dependence and can affect your quality of life, relationships and work. Excessive drinking means regularly exceeding the above guidelines for alcohol consumption.
Did you know a standard glass of wine can contain as many calories as a piece of chocolate, and a pint of lager has about the same calorie count as a packet of crisps?
The average wine drinker in England takes in around 2,000kcal from alcohol every month.
Drinking five pints of lager a week adds up to 44,200kcal over a year, equivalent to eating 221 doughnuts.
In addition, people also consume salted snacks or chocolate whilst drinking which doubles their calorie intake. The table below shows the equivalent of alcohol to food.
A standard glass (175ml) of 12% wine
1 Cadbury Heroes miniature bar
A pint of 5% strength beer
1 packet of McCoys salted crisps
A glass (50ml) of (17%) cream liqueur
1 Milky Way bar
Alcohol in calories can affect your appearance leading to:
There are many things that you can do to reduce your alcohol intake and prevent alcohol from affecting your health: