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Alcohol is a source of energy providing 29 kJ per gram or ml, thus it is the second most energy-dense food and beverage component after fat (37 kJ per gram). In contrast, carbohydrates provide 16 kJ per gram and protein provides 17 kJ per gram. Anyone who wishes to lose weight should, therefore, reduce their fat and alcohol intake to lower his or her daily energy intake. The general recommendation for sensible alcohol intake when an individual is not trying to lose weight is 1-2 drinks a day for adult men and 1 drink a day for adult women (i.e. 1 drink = 1 glass of beer or wine or 1 tot of spirits). So if you are trying to lose weight then you will achieve better results if you avoid alcohol completely. If you do want to use alcohol during slimming then it is best not to have alcohol every day and to stick to small portions (1 tot of spirits with a mixer that does not contain any kJ like water or soda water or an artificially sweetened cold drink, or 1 glass of dry wine diluted with soda water or ice).
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