Trying to lose weight? Watch out for those hidden alcohol calories

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When counting calories, don't overlook those pesky alcoholic ones…

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If your New Year's Resolution is to shift some pounds, experts say making sure you pay attention to the hidden calories in alcohol is key.

People who drink regularly may find that 10% of their total calorie intake comes from alcohol.

Second only to fat in terms of calorie content, that cheeky glass of wine may be wrecking your diet.

Having a large glass of wine will cost you 178 calories, the same as scoffing two chocolate digestive biscuits.

You will also need to walk briskly for 25 minutes before you have burnt off just one spirit and mixer drink.

Yikes!

Alcohol has no nutritional value, unlike food, and so those empty calories you drink down can quickly turn to excess weight.

'Recent reports have shown that people are unaware of calories in drinks and don't include them when calculating their daily consumption,' explained Kate Mendoza, head of health information at the World Cancer Research Fund.

The WCRF has produced a handy (and scary) Alcohol Calorie Counter to show how much exercise you would need to do to burn off your favourite pub drinks.

Tot up what you had on New Year's Eve. We dare you…

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