In vino veritas: the calories in alcoholic drinks and how long it will take you to burn them


Autumn is slowly arriving and with it there will certainly be some festivals and parties like Halloween or Oktoberfest. Even if we are restricted by special circumstances this year, there will definitely be one or the other opportunity to grab a glass of wine. But many of us like to underestimate how quickly the calories that alcohol supplies our body can pay off. Alcohol therefore often leads to unwanted weight gain unnoticed – and unfortunately this is rarely about additional muscles. Just nonalcOneoholic Alcoholic drink a day can quickly add 1000 extra calories a week. Do you have any idea how many burpees you need to do to burn that amount of calories again? Let’s put it this way, there are definitely a few hundred. 

This article will tell you how many calories the most popular alcoholic beverages provide to your body. We also use examples to illustrate how much exercise you would have to do to burn these calories again.

You may be shocked by the results, but we have also collected a few helpful tips for you on how you can still stay on the ball – even if you treat yourself to an after-work beer here and there or the wine in the evening. After all, it has to be a little fun!

How alcohol affects your body

When you consume alcohol, your body perceives it as a toxin (poison) and the top priority of your metabolic processes is to metabolize and excrete this poison. If you consume calories before, during, or after consuming alcohol, your body will still metabolize the alcohol first. This can make the calories you eat while you have alcohol in your blood more likely to be stored and stored as body fat. Alcohol also has many negative effects on your hormonal balance , which can slow down your metabolism in the long term and disrupt fat burning.

How you can still have fun

In Germany in particular, alcohol is simply part of many social and societal activities. You neither have to isolate yourself completely nor completely give up alcohol if you want to lead a sporty life and take care of your health. And let’s be honest – every now and then we can just have a drink!

When you drink alcohol, try not to throw all your resolutions overboard and toss yourself piña coladas every 30 minutes. The dose makes the poison! If you lead a sporty lifestyle, an evening glass of wine here and there doesn’t hurt any more than a pizza with friends on the weekend. Find your balance and don’t let the sport slip just because you went out with friends the night before and maybe had a beer too much. We all need a break. Find sports activities that you enjoy. Hate to jog? Then try something else. Sport should be fun and at the same time do you something good – and there is the right sport for each of us.

At you will find a variety of different training programs and workouts that are precisely tailored to your individual needs. Whether you are more of the yoga, dance or strength training type – just have a look around and find your program that puts a smile on your face with every workout. Stay tuned and plan your workouts in advance so exercise and fitness become a normal part of your daily routine. 

And even if you’ve had one or two too many drinks – don’t torment yourself with a strenuous HIIT workout the next day, but give yourself time to get back into your routine. Take a long walk in the fresh air to feel clear and fit again and not give the hangover a chance. Then you can start again with full energy.

Alcohol leaves its mark

In Germany around 4.5 million people are addicted to alcohol or abuse alcohol – that is around 5% of the population! 45,000 of these people die every year as a result of excessive alcohol consumption. But where and how badly does alcohol actually cause harm?

Regular, long-term
consumption of alcohol damages the organs. Chronic consumption of alcohol damages many organs, the most important of which are listed here.

Brain: Most important, most frequent and most noticeable are the damage that alcohol causes in the brain, because around 10 million nerve cells die with every strong intoxication. For a long time, however, the mental performance does not suffer because we have around 100 billion brain cells and dead cells are replaced by “reserve cells”. However, with constant alcohol consumption, this supply slowly runs out. Gradually there is then a breakdown of the brain (atrophy).

Cardiovascular system: Even small amounts of alcohol a day increase blood pressure, which is a risk factor for cardiovascular diseases or a stroke.

Oral mucosa: This is where the alcohol is first absorbed. Just 1 liter of beer or ½ liter of wine a day is enough to increase the risk of cancer of the oral mucosa, the larynx and the esophagus.

Stomach: People who drink regularly experience increased stomach pain and nausea, which is due to chronic inflammation of the gastric mucosa.

Pancreas: In the event of alcohol abuse, the duct to the intestine can be narrowed, which creates a very delicate situation: The result is inflammation and ultimately self-digestion of the pancreas. Not only does this cause severe pain, but it is also absolutely life threatening.

Liver: Due to the constant intake of alcohol, the liver is in constant use, as it has to constantly break down ethanol. Your performance capacity is constantly being exceeded. Ultimately, fat, as a breakdown product of ethanol, can no longer be completely eliminated. It is then built into the liver cells, doubling the volume of the liver and causing fatty liver.
In addition, the cells overloaded with fat become inflamed after a certain time and die. Scarring occurs. The lack of functional tissue severely limits the organ’s performance. Cirrhosis of the liver is the result, which can manifest itself in the form of jaundice or life-threatening liver failure. In the end stages, varicose veins develop in the esophagus, which burst easily and cause life-threatening bleeding.

In 80% of cases, cirrhosis of the liver also causes cancer.

Intestine: Due to the constant stress of the intestine with ethanol and its degradation products colorectal cancer may occur.

Hormone release: Alcohol also has an effect on the hormone balance of the organism. The liver can no longer break down the female hormones (estrogens), which are also present in certain quantities in men. This also affects the man’s potency. In addition, a woman’s libido can be weakened after heavy alcohol consumption. In women, alcohol has consequences for the hair, which gradually becomes sparse and patchy, and for the voice, which appears rougher and more manly. In addition, the rule can become irregular or even non-existent.

What is alcohol poisoning?
Excessive alcohol consumption can lead to poisoning with typical symptoms. Vomiting, triggered by irritation of the gastric mucous membrane, and respiratory paralysis up to and including respiratory arrest are possible. There is a risk of suffocation from vomit or even a “swallowed” tongue.

Alcohol withdrawal syndrome occurs after abstinence
Already after a few hours without alcohol consumption, alcoholics show their first withdrawal symptoms, which are often expressed in physical complaints. Affected people tend to sweat, sleep disorders, tremors or motor disorders. In addition, they are internally restless, irritable or anxious, which shows their psychological dependence on alcohol.

Delirium – a possible consequence of alcohol abuse
Delirium describes a state of mental confusion, an acute psychological disorder with an organic cause, caused by chronic alcoholism. Affected people experience clouding of consciousness and disorientation. This means that you are no longer oriented towards place, time, your own person and your current situation. Furthermore, delirium and hallucinations can occur in the case of fully developed delirium. This goes as far as fits of rage when the alcohol is withdrawn.

Korsakoff syndrome as perhaps the worst consequence of alcohol addiction
Korsakoff syndrome is the most severe and irreversible (irreversible) form of brain damage caused by alcohol. It can occur after years of massive alcohol consumption, as a result of which entire brain cell regions in the diencephalon and in the limbic system die off. This leads to a permanent loss of memory and orientation, in particular the short-term memory is damaged. It is characteristic that memory gaps are replaced by spontaneous ideas that do not correspond to reality.

Finally, a note.
Not all of the syndromes that we have described here must have been caused by alcohol abuse (abuse).

Liver disease can have many causes; In times of unchecked foreign tourism, liver inflammation (hepatitis) caused by viruses is becoming a secret hit among the “souvenirs”. In addition, many people who have to handle solvents also suffer from fatty liver or liver cirrhosis.

Frequent consumption of foods that contain the yellow mold can also cause liver cancer due to the aflatoxins.

Many people have to take medication all the time. Since their “detoxification” also takes place in the liver, symptoms of a drinker’s liver can occur.

A lot of b- carotene (provitamin A) is advertised in the media . This is supposed to protect against sunburn. It is now known that too much b- carotene damages the liver like too much alcohol. Those people who drink gallons of carrot juice every day (there are people like that!) Also have the drinking liver. Only the liver is colored carrot-orange …

Brain atrophy can also be triggered by Alzheimer’s disease.

So be careful when it comes to judging alleged “drunkards”!

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