Fun Facts About Alcohol

Alcohol, specifically ethanol, has a fascinating effect on our bodies. It travels through our bloodstream, interacting with the cells in our brain, heart, and other organs. Interestingly, muscles absorb alcohol faster than fat, which means that individuals with larger muscle mass and lower body fat tend to have higher alcohol tolerance.

Alcohol is processed in the liver, where enzymes break down ethanol into acetaldehyde and acetate. However, binge drinking can lead to hangovers, caused by chemical byproducts created during this processing.

It’s not all negative though. Red wine, for instance, contains resveratrol, a substance that helps control cholesterol, prevent blood vessel damage, and stop blood clots. Therefore, moderate red wine drinking is considered to have a healthy effect on the heart.

Calorie Guide to Alcoholic Beverages

Wine & Beer

A 5 oz. serving of white wine has approximately 120 kcals, while the same serving size of red wine has a slightly higher calorie count at 125 kcals. Champagne, on the other hand, has fewer calories with only 106 kcals per 5 oz.

When it comes to beer and cider, the calorie count jumps significantly. A 16 oz. serving of beer has approximately 215 kcals, and cider isn’t far behind with 210 kcals for the same serving size.


Shots of vodka and rum each contain around 96 kcals per 1.5 oz. Tequila is slightly higher at 104 kcals for the same amount, while Jägermeister tops the list at 155 kcals per 1.5 oz.


Cocktails can vary greatly in their calorie content, depending on the ingredients used. For instance, a Mimosa, made with 2.5 oz of orange juice and 2.5 oz of champagne, has a total of 88 kcals.

An Old Fashioned, with 1.5 oz of whiskey, a dash of bitters, and a cube of sugar, totals 118 kcals.

A Vodka Tonic, made with 1.5 oz of vodka and 4 oz of tonic, has 136 kcals, while a Rum & Coke, with 1.5 oz of rum and 4 oz of coke, has 150 kcals.

A Gin & Tonic, featuring 1.5 oz of gin and 4 oz of tonic, has 161 kcals, and a Gin Martini, with 2 oz of gin and 0.5 oz of Vermouth, has 172 kcals.

Finally, a Dark & Stormy, made with 2 oz of rum and 3.5 oz of ginger beer, tops our list at 172 kcals.

Oz to ml Conversions

For those who prefer metric measurements, here are some conversions:

  • 5 oz. = 147 ml
  • 16 oz = 473 ml
  • 1.5 oz. = 44 ml
  • 2.5 oz = 74 ml
  • 3.5 oz = 103 ml
  • 4 oz = 118 ml.




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