General Health Friday December 5, 2014

Christmas Calorie Binge: How Much Are You Drinking?

The festive season has arrived, and for most of us that means a surge of parties, a work do or several and numerous nights out. This time of year, many people find themselves binge eating and downing alcohol like there’s no tomorrow. Sure, it’s a joyous time of year and everyone wants to end on a high, but some get too carried away. Don’t become the office idiot by drinking too much and spewing your guts out at the work Christmas party.

Festive findings

According to a recent poll by Cancer Research UK, it’s not uncommon for people to drink almost 4,000 calories during December. These party animals will indulge in an average of 62 units each, comparable to 30 glasses of wine. It would take endless hours of jogging to burn this all off. Furthermore, the study only looked at alcohol intake, so imagine if the research authors had taken the huge roasts, puddings and sugary snacks into account too. It would make for grim reading.

These stats support research issued in October, which found that 10% of the average person's calorie intake comes from alcohol. Many participants had little or no idea how many calories their favourite drinks contained.

Here are some other research findings to get you thinking:

  • An alcopop contains 237 calories, the same as a large slice of pizza.
  • Drinking a Pina Colada is like eating a Big Mac. Both contain over 650 calories.
  • One glass of wine can contain the same amount of alcohol as three vodka shots.

Drink sensibly and stay safe

Organisations across the country, and the police in particular, are advising people to think again before downing another shot when celebrating over Christmas and the New Year.

Of course we’re going to see more people take to the pubs, clubs and towns during December. However, drinking to excess and letting your guard down can increase the risk of becoming a victim of crime.

As well as drinking responsibly, make sure to follow these rules to protect yourself on an evening out:

  • Stick with your friends while drinking
  • Never leave your drink unattended
  • Travel home with friends if you’re using public transport
  • Don’t jump into an unlicensed taxi at the end of the night
  • Drink water in between alcoholic drinks

Following these basic steps will ensure you have a more pleasant all-round experience. If you pace yourself and drink responsibly, you are more likely to stay safe and avoid a morning hangover.

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