- Average consumption is 62 units – 30 glasses of wine or 22 pints of beer
- It would take seven hours of jogging to burn these calories off
- This calorie intake does not include meals, canapes and treats
- Majority of people had no idea how many calories in a glass of wine
- Charity warns giving up booze in January can help beat cancer
It seems it’s not just the goose that’s getting fat this festive season.
Waistlines could be expanding too, as new research find people many drink nearly 4,000 calories in the run up to Christmas.
Party-goers will sup an average of 62 units – the equivalent of 30 glasses of wine or 22 pints of beer – during the festive season.
That’s the equivalent of 200 chocolate coins, a calorie intake that would take seven hours of jogging to burn off, a charity has warned.
And that’s just alcohol – and before the big roasts, canapes and treats are all taken into account.
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Some people drink nearly 4,000 calories in the run up to Christmas, according to a Cancer Research UK poll. They will sup an average of 42 units – the equivalent of 30 glasses of wine or 22 pints of beer. It would take seven hours of jogging to burn this off
Most people have no idea how many calories in their drinks, a new study has foundCancer Research found. In a bid to highlight the fattening effect, the Royal Society of Public Health recently decided to highlight these drink-food equivalents
A survey of 2,000 young adults, commissioned by Cancer Research UK, revealed that one in four 18 to 24-year-olds and a third of 25 to 34-year-olds have skipped a meal before an evening out to ‘make room’ for alcohol in their daily calorie allowance.
A third of adults named wine as their favourite festive tipple, yet 95 per cent didn’t know how many calories there are in a standard glass.
Most were also oblivious to the calories in beer, with more than nine out of 10 not knowing how many calories there were in a standard pint.
This further emphasises research published in October which found adults who drink get approximately 10 per cent of their calories from alcohol – but most could not guess how many calories in their favourite drink.
The Royal Society of Public Health warned an alcopop containing 237 calories is the equivalent of eating a slice of pizza, while the 644 calories in a Pina Colada is the equivalent of eating a McDonald’s Big Mac.
The new survey comes after a leading public health official warned drinking a glass of wine is just as harmful as downing three shots of vodka.
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A glass of wine is just as harmful as downing three shots of vodka, an NHS chief has warned.
Duncan Selbie, the head of Public Health England, said alcohol is becoming a ‘silent killer’ in the UK.
Deaths from alcohol-related illnesses have soared by 500 per cent since the seventies to become the third biggest killer of working age people in the UK, he said.
Britain is now the only country in western Europe except Finland where cases of liver disease are increasing.
Mr Selbie added that the middle classes would often pour themselves a glass of wine at the end of the day with ‘no idea’ how much they were actually drinking.
Glasses size has also increased alongside our alcohol consumption so drinkers can be pouring themselves more without realising it.
Last week the Lancet commission said Britain is turning into the capital of Europe for alcohol-related disease as they recommended that liver scans should be offered by GPs.
Duncan Selbie, the head of Public Health England, said the middle classes would often pour themselves a glass of wine at the end of the day with ‘no idea’ how much they were actually drinking.
Deaths from alcohol related diseases have soared by 500 per cent since the 1970s in the UK, he warned.
Globally, the World Health Organisation says alcohol kills 3.3 million people a year.
And the poll found alcohol not only affects waistlines, but bank balances too.
A third of those polled spent more money than they intended to during last year’s festivities, with three in 10 putting it down to spending more on alcohol.
Cancer Research UK commissioned the study to mark the launch of Dryathlon, a campaign calling on people to give up alcohol for January to beat cancer.
Anthony Newman, director of marketing at Cancer Research UK, said: ‘December is upon us again and, for most of us, this means a surge of parties and nights out.
‘All the socialising during this time could result in us Brits consuming far more calories than we realise through alcohol alone as it’s sometimes difficult to know the exact calorie content of what we are drinking.
‘Once the festive season is over and we all feel we have overindulged a bit, we’re asking people to bin the booze throughout January and take part in Cancer Research UK’s Dryathlon.
‘It’s a great way to kick off a healthy New Year, feel better, save a little cash and maybe even lose a few party pounds, all whilst raising money to help beat cancer sooner.’
Cancer Research UK’s Dryathlon will be running during January.
Registrations are open now at dryathlon.org.
Cancer Research UK is calling on people to give up booze for January, in a bid to prevent cancer