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Drinking beer instead of wine could form part of healthcare plan, it is claimed

Published on 06/08/2010
A healthcare plan aimed at losing weight could feature something as simple as drinking beer instead of wine.

According to research by Campaign for Real Ale (Camra) and the Beer Academy, 34 per cent of men and 29 per cent of women incorrectly believe that beer has more calories than other alcoholic drinks.

However, previous research by the Beer Academy reveals that beer contains fewer calories to similar amounts of other alcoholic drinks.

A half pint of beer contains 1.1 units of alcohol and 85 calories while a medium-sized glass of red wine contains 2.1 units and 131 calories.

As it contains fewer calories and less alcohol Camra claims it help people lose weight, cut alcohol consumption, and more generally, help supplement a healthy lifestyle.

"The major source of calories in any alcoholic drink is the alcohol itself, and because beer is the drinks category with the lowest average alcohol content it is also lowest in calories," said brewing expert Professor Charlie Bamforth.

"Beer also contains no fat or cholesterol and very few sugars. So for someone looking to lose weight, swapping their glass of wine for a beer every day would not only reduce their weekly alcohol intake by seven units - but also cut out more calories than are burned off during a typical 30-minute jog."

In the UK, 28 million pints of beer are consumed every day, which equates to 100 litres per head each year.
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