A typical 6 oz. glass of wine or 12 oz. beer has as many calories as a can of Coke (140). Some beers have twice that much.

But you’d never know the calories in alcoholic drinks from many of their labels and non-chain-restaurant menus. (Chain restaurants must disclose calories for drinks on their menus, and some beer brewers and other alcohol companies label calories voluntarily.)

Alcohol is responsible for 88,000 deaths each year in this country, mostly from car crashes, suicides, violence, falls, and liver disease. But booze can also leave its mark on your midsection.


Beer

Sierra Nevada hazy little thing

A beer’s calories depend mostly on alcohol and, to a lesser extent, on carbs.

  • Light. Very-low-alcohol beers (2% to 3% alcohol) like Miller 64 start at around 60 calories in 12 oz. Most lights (4% alcohol) have about 100 calories.
  • Regular. An average 5% alcohol brew like Budweiser hovers around 150 calories.
  • IPAs. Heavy hitters (6% to 9% alcohol) like IPAs, double IPAs, and Belgian-style Trippels pack 200 to 300 calories. Gulp! A lower-alcohol “session” IPA cuts that to 140 or so.
  • Draft pours. Do the math. Even an average beer hits 200 or 250 calories when you’re served a 16 or 20 oz. glass.

Wine

red wine

Red or white, expect roughly 150 calories for 6 ounces, the amount in a restaurant pour. A 9 oz. glass reaches 220 calories. Even many higher-sugar whites (like Moscato or Riesling) are in the same ballpark. Our chart below shows how wines from some big brands vary.

A glass of sangria typically has 200 to 300 calories, thanks to fruit, juice, sugar, etc.

Liquor and liqueur

liquor and liqueur

Rule of thumb: any gin, rum, tequila, vodka, or whiskey has 100 to 120 calories per 1.5 oz. shot, before you add any mixers. That’s because all of liquor’s calories come from its alcohol (40% to 50%).

Exceptions: “Cask strength” or “barrel proof” liquor can reach 150-or-so calories. Liqueurs (like Baileys or Cointreau) vary, depending on their alcohol, sugar, or other extras.

 

Seltzer, cider, etc.

white claw natural lime hard seltzer

 

Most hard seltzersmatch the calories of a light beer (100-ish). And sugar ranges from zero (Bon & Viv, Henry’s, Smirnoff) to half a teaspoon (Nauti, Truly, White Claw) in 12 oz. Sure beats other sweet sips:

  • Hard cider. Expect up to 200 calories and 3 to 5 teaspoons of sugar—some from juice—in 12 oz. Dry ciders are lower (150 calories).
  • Ritas. This brand of canned sparkling margaritas—made with high fructose corn syrup and, in some flavors, food dyes and sucralose—crams 190 to 220 calories into just 8 oz. How many of the 21 to 29 grams of carbs are added sugar? The company won’t say.

Mixed drinks

a mixed drink

Drinks vary from one bartender to another. The usual ranges at chain restaurants that list calories on the menu:

  • Martini or Manhattan. Classic cocktails with little added sugar (Manhattan) or no added sugar (martini) typically fall in the 150-to-200-calorie range.
  • Moscow mule or mojito. Expect about 200 to 300 calories.
  • Margarita. A classic margarita—tequila, lime, triple sec—in a small glass limits the calories to 200. But sugary (often frozen) margs jump to 350…and oversized ones reach 500.
  • Blended frozen drinks. Large frozen mudslides or other boozy ice cream shakes hit 500 to 800-plus calories. That’s like slurping up a (540-calorie) Big Mac…or more. May-day!

Calories, carbs, and sugar in alcoholic drinks

Within each category of the charts below, alcoholic drinks are ranked from least to most calories, then (if shown) grams of sugar, and then grams of carbs. The % column lists percent alcohol by volume(ABV), when available. "NA" means that a number isn't available.

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Beer (12 oz.)

%CaloriesCarbs
Budweiser Select 552.4552
Miller 642.8642
Corona Premier4903
Budweiser Select4.31003
Busch Light4.11003
Dogfish Head Slightly Mighty Lo-Cal IPA41003
Michelob Ultra or Miller Lite4.21003
Victory Easy Ringer Lo-Cal IPA4.31003
Coors Light4.21005
Corona Light41005
Sufferfest Repeat Kolsch Style3.51005
Heineken Light3.31007
Lagunitas DayTime IPA4100NA
Miller High Life Light4.11106
Bud Light4.21107
Busch4.31107
Pabst Blue Ribbon Easy3.81108
Bud Ice5.51204
Michelob Golden4.61207
Michelob Light4.11209
Sam Adams Light4.3120NA
Guinness Draught Stout4.213010
Bud Light Platinum61404
Busch Ice5.91404
Allagash Saison6.11405
Dogfish Head SeaQuench Session Sour4.91408
Founders All Day IPA Session Ale4.714011
Heineken514011
Miller Genuine Draft4.714012
Miller High Life4.614012
Pabst Blue Ribbon Original4.814012
Sufferfest Head Start Stout4.514012
New Belgium Dayblazer Easygoing Ale4.8140NA
New Belgium Slow Ride Session IPA4.5140NA
Budweiser515011
Allagash White5.215012
Coors Banquet515012
Sierra Nevada Sierraveza515013
Corona Extra4.615014
Michelob Lager4.816014
Corona Familiar4.816015
New Belgium Fat Tire Amber Ale5.2160NA
Sufferfest FKT Pale Ale5.517013
Blue Moon Belgian White5.417014
Sierra Nevada Sidecar Orange IPA6.817014
Sufferfest Flyby Pilsner5.117014
Shock Top Belgian White5.217015
Bell's Amber Ale5.818016
Sierra Nevada Pale Ale5.618017
Samuel Adams Boston Lager5180NA
Samuel Adams New England Pale Ale5.5180NA
Bell's Official Hazy India Pale Ale6.419012
Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA619017
Budweiser Copper Lager6.220016
New Belgium Voodoo Ranger IPA7200NA
Samuel Adams Rebel IPA6.5200NA
Dogfish Head American Beauty Hazy Ripple IPA721016
Bell's Two Hearted Ale721017
Sierra Nevada Hazy Little Thing IPA6.721021
Sierra Nevada West Coast Style Stout5.821022
Bell's Kalamazoo Stout622023
Allagash Black7.423020
Allagash Tripel9.124013
Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA7.224014
New Belgium Trippel8.5240NA
Allagash Curieux10.426012
Victory Golden Monkey9.5260NA
Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA929026
Sierra Nevada Hoptimum Triple IPA9.631030

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Wine (6 oz.)

%CaloriesCarbsSugar
FitVine Prosecco1111041
Carlo Rossi White Zinfandel*8110106
Yellow Tail Sauvignon Blanc11.612011
Yellow Tail Super Crisp Chardonnay11.712011
Yellow Tail Pinot Grigio11.912022
Yellow Tail Riesling11.312022
Carlo Rossi Sweet Rosé*9.212086
Yellow Tail Moscato7.51201011
Yellow Tail Pink Moscato7.51201011
Carlo Rossi Pink Moscato Sangria*6.51201412
Carlo Rossi Moscato Sangria*6.81201612
FitVine Pinot Grigio13.413030
FitVine Rosé12.413030
Yellow Tail Chardonnay13.213011
Sutter Home White ZinfandelNA13010NA
Sutter Home Moscato SangriaNA13017NA
FitVine Chardonnay13.414030
FitVine Sauvignon Blanc13.414030
FitVine Pinot Noir13.914040
FitVine Cabernet Sauvignon13.914050
FitVine Syrah13.914050
Yellow Tail Cabernet Sauvignon13.914011
Yellow Tail Merlot13.914011
Yellow Tail Pinot Noir1414011
Yellow Tail Shiraz13.914011
Yellow Tail Shiraz Cabernet13.814011
Barefoot Sauvignon Blanc*1214051
Carlo Rossi Cabernet Sauvignon*12.914061
Barefoot Rosé*10.5140116
Barefoot White Zinfandel*9140127
Sutter Home ChardonnayNA1405NA
Sutter Home MerlotNA1405NA
Sutter Home Pinot GrigioNA1405NA
Sutter Home Pinot NoirNA1405NA
Sutter Home RoséNA1405NA
Barefoot Carbernet Sauvignon*12.715061
Barefoot Malbec*1315061
Barefoot Chardonnay*1315062
Barefoot Pinot Noir*1315062
Barefoot Pinot Grigio*1215072
Yellow Tail Sangria11.51501011
Barefoot Riesling*81501813
Carlo Rossi Sweet Red*81501914
Sutter Home Sauvignon BlancNA1503NA
Sutter Home ZinfandelNA1505NA
Sutter Home MalbecNA1506NA
Sutter Home Cabernet SauvignonNA1507NA
Sutter Home MoscatoNA15014NA
Barefoot Merlot*13.516061
Cupcake Vineyards ProseccoNA16095
Cupcake Vineyards RieslingNA160117
Carlo Rossi Chardonnay*12160128
Barefoot Moscato*91601712
Barefoot Pink Moscato*91601813
Sutter Home RieslingNA1609NA
Sutter Home Sweet RedNA16010NA
Sutter Home Pink MoscatoNA16016NA
Cupcake Vineyards Pinot GrigioNA17061
Cupcake Vineyards RoséNA17061
Cupcake Vineyards Sauvignon BlancNA17061
Carlo Rossi Red Sangria*101702217
Sutter Home SangriaNA17014NA
Sutter Home Red MoscatoNA17016NA
Cupcake Vineyards MalbecNA18080
Cupcake Vineyards ChardonnayNA18061
Cupcake Vineyards Cabernet SauvignonNA18081
Cupcake Vineyards Pinot NoirNA18081
Cupcake Vineyards Petite SirahNA18082
Cupcake Vineyards MoscatoNA1801813
Cupcake Vineyards MerlotNA19081
Cupcake Vineyards ShirazNA19081

*Barefoot and Carlo Rossi wines may vary by roughly 10 calories per serving. Calories listed reflect the low end of the range.

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Liquor (1.5 oz.)

%CaloriesCarbsSugar
Gin, rum, tequila, vodka, or whiskey, any brand, 80 proof4010000
Bombay Sapphire Gin4711000
Bulleit Bourbon or Rye4511000
Gin, rum, tequila, vodka, or whiskey, any brand, 100 proof5012000
Booker's Bourbon62.515000

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Liqueur (1.5 oz.)

%CaloriesCarbsSugar
Baileys Almande Almondmilk Liqueur1370NA6
DeKuyper Peachtree Peach Schnapps15801010
Kahlúa201302020
Baileys Original Irish Cream17140119
Cointreau401401010

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Hard Cider (12 oz.)

%CaloriesCarbsSugar
Crispin Pearsecco4.514097
Angry Orchard Stone Dry5.5150117
Crispin Rosé51601310
Crispin Brut5.51701310
Crispin Browns Lane5.81701412
Angry Orchard Rosé5.51701712
Crispin Original51701513
Crispin Pacific Pear4.51701815
Crispin Blackberry Pear51801613
Stella Artois Cidre4.51802216
Angry Orchard Crisp Apple51902420
Crispin Honey Crisp6.52001614
Crispin The Saint6.92302017

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Hard Seltzer, all flavors (12 oz.)

%CaloriesCarbsSugar
Smirnoff4.59010
Bon & Viv4.5901-20
Henry's4.29020
Truly510021
White Claw510022
Nauti4.510041-2
Pabst Blue Ribbon Stronger Seltzer823031

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Flavored Malt Beverages (12 oz., unless noted)

%CaloriesCarbsSugar
Redd's Apple Ale51701712
Henry's Hard Lemon Lime Soda4.21902624
Henry's Hard Orange Soda4.21902824
Ritas Sangria Spritz Strawberry Blueberry620020NA
Ritas Sangria Spritz Pear Orange620021NA
Ritas Lemon-Ade-Rita (8 oz.)820023NA
Ritas Mang-O-Rita (8 oz.)820023NA
Ritas Water-Melon-Rita (8 oz.)820023NA
Ritas Straw-Ber-Rita (8 oz.)820024NA
Ritas Rosé Spritz White Peach621023NA
Henry's Hard Grape Soda4.22203533
Ritas Lime-A-Rita (8 oz.)822029NA
Best Damn Root Beer5.524033NA
Best Damn Cream Soda5.526038NA
Redd's Wicked Apple Ale82703026
Ritas Coco-Nut-Rita (25 oz.)859066NA
Ritas Cherry-Lime-Rita (25 oz.)859067NA
Ritas Grape-Fruit-Rita (25 oz.)860070NA
Ritas Peach-A-Rita (25 oz.)860071NA
Ritas Grape-A-Rita (25 oz.)861073NA

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Notes: NA means that the number is not available. Most calories have been rounded to the nearest 10. Percent alcohol by volume may vary slightly from year to year for some wines and other drinks. Sugar is grams of total sugar. Many beers do not disclose sugar content.

Sources: company information and USDA.


Photos (top to bottom): Love the wind/stock.adobe.com, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., New Africa/stock.adobe.com, monticellllo/stock.adobe.com, White Claw Seltzer Works, wollertz/stock.adobe.com.