To skip or splurge? The calorie counts in alcohol that will shock you

Alcohol is not good for you. We all know that. The amount of carbohydrates and sugars in alcohol are astronomical, and most people just choose to ignore it.

If you are trying to watch your calorie intake this spring break, there are simple switches you can make to help.

If Cabo is your SB15 destination, you’re in for a fun time. Beaches, bikinis and booze are in your future. While fruity drinks are fun, they are some of the worst drinks for you.

Piña Colada’s are the national drink of Puerto Rico and we all know why. They are delicious, fruity and refreshing. The drawback is that there are more calories in one Piña Colada than in a Big Mac from McDonalds. With over 600 calories in each one, Piña Coladas should be drank in moderation or skipped entirely. Similarly, frozen margaritas are sugar bombs and one margarita cost you over 700 calories.

HEALTH pina colada

If you are hitting the slopes this spring break, most people will reach for a beer at the end of the day. A beer can have anywhere from 100 to over 250 calories in each. Pounding back a few beers a night can add up.

Shots alone can add up quickly as well. Grey Goose vodka has 96 calories per shot and Smirnoff has 97. Jack Daniel has 98 calories per 1.5 ounce and Makers Mark 110. A shot of Bacardi puts you back around 98 calories and Malibu can put you back 81. Tequila is no better. Jose Cuervo and Patron are both around 97 calories a shot. Three shots of alcohol can add up to around 300 calories, not including mixers.

Other drinks to avoid such as a Long Island Iced Tea, can have over 200 calories per drink. A bottle of Smirnoff Ice has around 240 calories, Mikes Hard Lemonade has 235 calories and a Four Loko has 337 calories.

Simple switches can help cut your liquid calories. A Coke with whiskey is around 200 calories, but switching to Diet Coke can lower the calorie count to around 100. Vodka with soda water or fruit juice is another healthier option. Other options include red wines, light beers or gin and tonic with lime.

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