Web Content Viewer (JSR 286) - Healthy Weight


Alcohol is very high in energy (kilojoules) and most alcoholic drinks contain a lot of kilojoules, which can contribute to weight gain. Drinks that contain alcohol and sugar-sweetened mixers contain even more kilojoules from the added sugar in the mixer.

Alcohol can also affect what we choose to eat as often it encourages us to eat in less healthy ways. If we’re drinking, we may snack more, and many of the snacks we choose are high in fat, salt and added sugar. We also tend to eat larger meals when we’re drinking alcohol.

If you want to control your weight, limiting your intake of alcohol helps.

If you want to continue drinking alcohol, here are some tips:

  • Reduce how often you drink – have at least two alcohol-free days a week and no more than two standard drinks a day on average.
  • Reduce how much you drink in any one session – limit it to no more than four standard drinks in any one session.
  • Alternate alcoholic drinks with non-alcoholic drinks such as water or soda water.
  • Try low-alcohol options (but look out for added sugar).
  • Watch what you eat while you’re drinking.

It is safest not to drink any alcohol if you are pregnant, planning pregnancy or breastfeeding.

    A row of bottles and glasses showing a standard drink of alcohol



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