Nutritional values of alcoholic drinks

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Having a drink every now and then is often an enjoyable treat to share with friends, as long as it’s consumed sensibly. Drinking too much is not only bad for your health, but it can also cause you to put on weight. The table below shows the typical nutritional values of different alcoholic drinks, along with the units of alcohol.

Find out more information on units and other drinking guidelines.

Alcohol by volume
(ABV)

Approx. Units of alcohol per 125ml glass according to strength

Approx. Nutrition per 100ml

Approx. Nutrition per 125ml serving

1. Red wines
12.5% - 14.5% ABV

Claret reserve, Cote du Rhone, Chateauneuf-du-pape, Chianti Classico, Rosso, Rioja, Doura Reserva, Reserve Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon
1.5 units to 1.9 units 70 kcals
295 kJ
0.1g Protein
0.2g Carbohydrate
of which 0.2g Sugars
0g Fat
90 kcals
370 kJ
0.13g Protein
0.25g Carbohydrate
of which 0.25g Sugars
0g Fat
2. White wines
12% - 12.5% ABV
Dry, Muscadet, Sancerre, Bianco Moncaro
1.5 units to 1.6 units 65 kcals
275 kJ
0.1g Protein
0.6g Carbohydrate
of which 0.6g Sugars
0g Fat
80 kcals
345 kJ
0.13g Protein
0.75g Carbohydrate
of which 0.75g Sugars
0g Fat
3. White wines
11.5% - 13.5% ABV
Medium, Champagnes, Pinot Grigio, Sauvignon Blanc, Chablis, Chardonnay, Cava Brut
1.5 units to 1.6 units 75 kcals
315 kJ
0.1g Protein
3g Carbohydrate
of which 3g Sugars
0g Fat
95 kcals
395 kJ
0.13g Protein
3.75g Carbohydrate
of which 3.75g Sugars
0g Fat
4. White wines
14.5% ABV
Sweet, Sauternes
1.8 units 120 kcals
505 kJ
0.2g Protein
10g Carbohydrate
of which 10g Sugars
0g Fat
150 kcals
630 kJ
0.25g Protein
12g Carbohydrate
of which 12g Sugars
0g Fat

Alcohol by volume
(ABV)

Approx. Units of alcohol per 50ml glass according to strength

Approx. Nutrition per 100ml

Approx. Nutrition per 50ml serving

5. Fortified Wines
19% - 20% ABV
Port, Ruby, Special Reserve, Vintage
1.0 units 160 kcals
670 kJ
0.1g Protein
12g Carbohydrate
of which 12g Sugars
0g Fat
80 kcals
355 kJ
trace Protein
6g Carbohydrate
of which 6g Sugars
0g Fat
6. Sherry
17.5% - 20% ABV
Sweet, Cream, Pale cream, Rich cream
1.0 unit 135 kcals
570 kJ
0.3g Protein
6.9g Carbohydrate
of which 6.9g Sugars
0g Fat
70 kcals
295 kJ
0.15g Protein
3.5g Carbohydrate
of which 3.5g Sugars
0g Fat

Alcohol by volume
(ABV)

Approx. Units of alcohol per 25ml glass according to strength

Approx. Nutrition per 100ml

Approx. Nutrition per 25ml serving

7. Whisky/Whiskey
40% ABV
Highland Malt, Highland Malt 12 yr, Scotch, Irish
1.0 unit 220 kcals
925 kJ
trace Protein
trace Carbohydrate
of which trace Sugars
0g Fat
55 kcals
230 kJ
trace Protein
trace Carbohydrate
of which trace Sugars
0g Fat
8. Brandy
40% ABV
Armagnac, Calvados, Brandy 3 yr
1.0 unit 220 kcals
925 kJ
trace Protein
trace Carbohydrate
of which trace Sugars
0g Fat
55 kcals
230 kJ
trace Protein
trace Carbohydrate
of which trace Sugars
0g Fat
9. Gin & Vodka
37.5% - 40% ABV

Original Dry, Dry, Vodka
1.0 unit 220 kcals
920 kJ
trace Protein
trace Carbohydrate
of which trace Sugars
0g Fat
55 kcals
230 kJ
trace Protein
trace Carbohydrate
of which trace Sugars
0g Fat

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10. Ciders:

Approx. Units of alcohol per glass according to strength

Approx. Nutrition per 100ml

Approx. Nutrition per 284ml (½ pint) serving

a) 4.5% - 6% ABV
Dry / Medium dry / Organic & Vintage
284ml (½ pint) 1.4 units
500ml 2.5 units
35 kcals
150 kJ
trace Protein
2.6g Carbohydrate
of which 2.6g Sugars
0g Fat
100 kcals
425 kJ
trace Protein
7.4g Carbohydrate
of which 7.4g Sugars
0g Fat
b) 1% ABV
Low alcohol
284ml (½ pint) 0.3 units
500ml 0.5 units
30 kcals
125 kJ
trace Protein
3.6g Carbohydrate
of which 3.6g Sugars
0g Fat
85 kcals
355 kJ
trace Protein
10g Carbohydrate
of which 10g Sugars
0g Fat
c) 8.0 % - 8.2% ABV
Vintage Perry & Extra Strong Cider
284ml (½ pint) 2.0 units
500ml 4.0 units
60 kcals
250 kJ
trace Protein
5g Carbohydrate
of which 5g Sugars
0g Fat
170 kcals
710 kJ
trace Protein
14g Carbohydrate
of which 14g Sugars
0g Fat
d) 6% ABV
Leckford Cider
330ml 2.0 units 55 kcals
230 kJ
trace Protein
3.1g Carbohydrate
of which 1.8g Sugars
0g Fat
180 kcals
755 kJ
trace Protein
10.2g Carbohydrate
of which 5.9g Sugars
0g Fat

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For more information

Nutrition Advice Service
Waitrose Limited
Bracknell
Berkshire
RG12 8YA
Tel: 0800 188884
Visit: www.waitrose.com/nutrition
Email: nutrition@waitrose.co.uk