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Is There Any Alcohol With Zero Calories?

author image Ellen Swanson Topness
Ellen Topness has been a counselor in the mental health field for more than 25 years. She has a Master of Arts in counseling. Throughout her career, Topness has enjoyed writing articles, poems and vignettes for pleasure. She also released a new ebook, "A Natural Disaster: Learning to Survive Myself."
Is There Any Alcohol With Zero Calories?
Beer contains calories from carbs and from alcohol. Photo Credit: Rayes/Digital Vision/Getty Images

Though some alcoholic beverages may be called "light," all alcohol contains calories. Unfortunately, you cannot avoid calories if you want to enjoy an alcoholic drink. You can, however, decrease your caloric intake by choosing drinks that contain limited amounts of carbohydrates.

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Calorie Content

The three main types of alcoholic beverages -- distilled spirits, wine and beer -- are made up of various levels of alcohol, water and most of the time, carbohydrates. Water contains no calories, but carbohydrates and alcohol, respectively, contain 4 and 7 calories per gram.

Standard Sizes and Calories

According to Rethinking Drinking, a website of the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, a standard drink in the United States is one that contains about 14 grams, or 98 calories, of alcohol. That's 12 ounces of regular beer, 5 ounces of wine or 1.5 ounces of 80-proof distilled spirits. The caloric difference in these drinks is due to the carbohydrate content.

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