The evidence about alcohol calories

Alcohol can cause weight gain in four ways: It stops your body from burning fat, it is high in kilojoules, it can make you feel hungry, and it can lead to poor food choices. Studies show that close to 10% of an adult’s energy intake comes from alcohol in the UK. Information about the energy content (calories/kJ) on the labels of alcoholic beverages can therefore be justified in terms of consumer rights. One gram of alcohol is 1.3ml.