Nov. 15, 2012 -- Alcoholic drinks contribute about 100 calories a day to the average American's diet.
But wine, liquor, and especially beer may add much more to the daily calorie count for younger adults and men.
A new study shows that on any given day, people who drink alcohol get about 16% of their total calories from alcoholic drinks.
Alcohol's calories come mainly from sugar. Federal dietary guidelines recommend no more than 5% to 15% of total calories come from solid fats or added sugars at any calorie intake level. Because alcohol is considered a source of added sugar, the results show the average American's 16% of daily calories from alcohol puts them over the recommended 15% limit.
The calories in one serving of alcohol (not including mixers) range from about 100 to 150 calories. For example:
One 12-ounce beer is about 150 calories.
One 5-ounce glass of wine is about 120 calories.
1.5 ounces or a shot of liquor contains about 100 calories.