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Binge drink and stay slim? Fat chance!

Eating too much, especially when your diet consists of foods that have high fat, sugar and calorie content, can lead to obesity. But what about the calorie content of alcohol? Even if you don’t eat huge amounts of food and try to eat healthily, if you’re drinking large amounts of alcohol, this can also be a massive contributor to weight gain.

“Some people binge on food, some on drink, and some on both” says Caroline*, a former patient at Manor Clinic. “Before seeking professional help for alcoholism, I belonged in the middle category: I hardly ate a thing, but I was drinking heavily all the time. And I don’t mean beer and wine. My favourite tipple was actually rum and coke, and I began to pile on the weight.”

What are the most fattening alcoholic drinks?

When it comes to listing the most fattening alcoholic drinks, here’s the top ten:

  1. Margarita
  2. Rum and coke
  3. Pina Colada
  4. Beer
  5. Wine
  6. Vodka
  7. Whiskey
  8. Liqueurs
  9. Cider
  10. Gin and tonic

Whatever your drink of choice, it’s likely to have a high calorie content. That’s why the benefits of stopping or significantly reducing your alcohol intake can have a huge number of benefits, including:

  • Feeling better when you look in the mirror – no more darkening around your eyes, no more sagging skin around your face and neck and no more puffy cheeks, lingering redness, or spider veins on your lips or nose
  • Increased self-esteem and self-confidence
  • More energy – being able to get things done at home and at work releases more time for recreational pursuits, leisure activities and family
  • Save money – have you ever sat down and calculated exactly how much you spend on drinking each month? If you binge drink you’ll be staggered by what your addiction is costing you
  • Weight loss

*All names have been changed to protect patient confidentiality.

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