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UVic researcher finds Canadians are consuming hundreds of extra calories from booze every day

Last Updated Aug 27, 2019 at 3:47 pm PST

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Sherk and the co-authors of the study will be calling for comprehensive labels on alcoholic containers

Research shows on a daily basis, Canadians are consuming at least 250 calories from liquor alone

VICTORIA (NEWS 1130) – Some Canadian drinkers are consuming the equivalent of a burger a day in alcohol calories, according to researchers at the University of Victoria.

Adam Sherk, a post-doctoral fellow at the school’s Institute for Substance Use Research, has been studying just how many calories the average drinker consumes. His research shows on a daily basis, Canadians are consuming at least 250 calories from liquor alone.

“That’s like eating an extra bag of chips every day,” Sherk says.

“If we look at binge drinking or having something like four or five drinks on one occasion, it’s closer to 550 calories, which is about 25 per cent of the recommended daily caloric intake. That’s the equivalent of a double cheeseburger with all the fixings,” he says.

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Sherk and the co-authors of the study will be calling for comprehensive labels on alcoholic containers. They say that Canadians are unclear about how many calories are actually in the alcoholic beverages they consume.

“Labels could also be used to communicate information about alcohol’s other health risks, including cancer, stroke and heart disease,” he says.

Given this year’s update to the Canada Food Guide highlighting the importance of cutting back on sugary drinks, Sherk feels nutrional labels would be valuable to consumers.