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Yes, we know it’s not easy to pace yourself at this time of year (especially if the drinks are free), but these alcohol stats might make you think twice
It’s astounding what our favourite tipples look like in festive-food form:
175ml glass of mulled wine (10% ABV*)
(2.3 units) = 3 pieces of chocolate orange
50ml glass of Irish cream liqueur (17% ABV*)
(0.9 units) = 2 mini mince pies
125ml glass of champagne (12% ABV*)
(1.5 units) = 2 pigs in blankets
On average, the liver breaks down one unit of alcohol per hour. So drink at your own speed and don’t feel pressured to have a glass in each round. Also, you won’t end up telling your boss what you really think of their outfit.
…that’s the estimated number of calories the average party-goer drinks throughout December.
Clear-coloured spirits, such as vodka, gin and white rum, contain slightly fewer calories than darker liquors like whisky and brandy. And when it comes to mixers, opt for sparkling water over soda, as the latter is sometimes sweetened.
These buys could help you through the party season
Going to an event where you don’t know anyone? A quick spritz of Bach Rescue Remedy Spray, £9.99/999 points (20ml), can help calm any pre-festivity nerves.
Boots Pharmaceuticals Digestion Relief Milk Thistle Capsules† Boots Exclusive £8.99/899 points (30-pack), is a traditional herbal medicinal product used to relieve symptoms associated with occasional over-indulgence of food and drink, exclusively based on long-standing use as a traditional remedy. Always read the label.
Track how much you’re drinking by logging your intake on a Fitbit Charge 2 Heart Rate & Fitness Wristband* Boots.com only £119.99/11,999 points. It counts your calories, too.
Alcohol has been classified as a Group 1 carcinogen since 1988. It can increase the risk of bowel cancer and breast cancer, as well as conditions such as heart disease and diabetes. So that 14-units-a-week recommended limit? It’s for good reason.
*Alcohol by volume. †Available in selected stores.
Words Charlotte Grant-West
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Editor Helen Daly Associate editor Julia Martin Acting associate editor Jessica Powell Senior art editor Louisa Edge Designer Mairead Gleeson Picture editor Francisco Ludovico Chief sub-editor Carrie Sizer Acting chief sub-editor Martina Walsh Acting deputy chief sub-editor Danielle Richardson Features director Danielle Hine Features writer Charlotte Grant-West Beauty director Donna Francis Editorial assistant Abbie-Joelle Skliarsky Business director Georgie Eley Account director Sophie Horne Commercial director Ian Anderson Senior advertising manager Michelle Daburn Senior sales executives Naomi Spence Advertising account manager Jalna Maharjan Print project manager Judy Binning Publishing lead Adrian Farr For Boots Katie Barber, Katie Harrison and Fiona Lakin With thanks this issue to: Chris Carus, Keith Drummond, Fay Gristwood, Ana Jervic, Jimm Leaf, Lucy Moore, Chris Morley, Susannah Parker, Emily Plank, Jill Tipping and Iain White