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Calories in Wine Vs. Light Beer

author image Nina K.
Nina K. is a Los Angeles-based journalist who has been published by USAToday.com, Fitday.com, Healthy Living Magazine, Organic Authority and numerous other print and web publications. She has a philosophy degree from the University of Colorado and a journalism certificate from UCLA.
Calories in Wine Vs. Light Beer
Often, light beer has fewer calories than regular wine, but moderation is still key. Photo Credit Kane Skennar/Digital Vision/Getty Images

If you're watching your waistline, choosing sparkling wine or light beer could spare you a few calories over regular wine. It is best, however, to consume any type of alcohol in moderation -- at 7 calories per gram, alcohol provides zero nutrition and can lead to weight gain. "The New York Times" reports that although one to two drinks per day can be healthy for adults, excessive consumption can lead to liver damage as well as to certain types of cancer.

Calorie Count

Calorie count varies by product, but the average 5-ounce glass of dry red wine has125 calories, while the same serving of dry white wine has about 121 calories. Sweet wine is heavier, and averages 165 calories per 3.5-ounce serving. And, beware of wine coolers, which carry a diet-busting 215 calories per 12 ounces. Sparkling wine is a smarter option, as it contains 84 calories per 4-ounce glass. In comparison, the average 12-ounce bottle of light beer has about 103 calories.

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