It’s that time of year and the talk of the town is ‘dry January’. So you can talk the talk, but can you walk the walk? It seems some are already starting to crack ‘I’ll just have a glass of wine with my meal’. And so the cycle continues until only a moist January has been achieved.
Before we celebrate the hardships of those following a moist January, let’s think about the dry nine months that pregnant women endure. Well done to those that manage to follow the current UK advice which is to avoid alcohol throughout pregnancy.
Here’s a little something to make you feel better about it – we know about the benefits for baby, so this is just for you.
Good, you will be getting many personal benefits from not drinking alcohol and that’s before we consider that alcoholic drinks are fermented from starch or sugar! This means alcoholic drinks contain quite a few calories, let’s take a closer look:
1 large glass of wine approx. 220kcals (bar of chocolate)
1 large gin and tonic approx. 150kcals (bag of crisps)
1 glass of prosecco approx. 85kcals (chocolate digestive)
1 glass of pimms approx. 125kcals (a slice of toast with spread)
2 bottles of beer approx. 275kcals (large slice of pizza)
1 pint of cider approx. 210kcals (2 fried eggs)
1 pint of beer approx. 200kcals (2 rashers of fried streaky bacon)
Reap the benefits – don’t start eating the food instead! And of course, the true dry January ambassadors will reap the same benefits so……………a very large pat on the back.
For more information on alcohol and health visit drinkaware.co.uk