Health

Tuesday 23 September 2014

New Year dieters warned of calorie count in alcohol

Pint of beer on bar counter

NEW Year dieters should remember to count the calories in alcohol when they are trying to lose weight, a charity has said.





Slimming is one of the top New Year resolutions, but people often forget the calories in alcoholic drinks.



Cutting down on drinks could help people lose weight which, in turn, could reduce their cancer risk, according to the World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF).



Being overweight is the biggest cancer risk factor, after smoking.



The charity has produced an online alcohol-calorie counter which equates drinks to an easily understandable comparison. For example, a pint of lager has the same calorie count as three chocolate digestive biscuits.



Kate Mendoza, head of health information at WCRF, said: "The calories in alcoholic drinks account for a significant proportion of a drinker's calorie consumption while providing little, if any, nutritional benefit. Cutting down on drinking can have a big effect on weight loss or maintaining a healthy weight.



"Recent reports have shown that people are unaware of calories in drinks and don't include them when calculating their daily consumption. This is important from a cancer perspective because after smoking, being overweight or obese is the biggest risk factor.



"There is also strong scientific evidence that alcohol itself is a cancer risk factor, possibly through damaging our DNA, in cancers of the breast, bowel, mouth, pharynx, larynx, oesophagus and liver."



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