How Many Calories Do You Drink On A Night Out?

How Many Calories Do You Drink On A Night Out?

A new study has revealed that many people are consuming more than 2,000 calories in alcohol on a night out. Research conducted by Lingo by Abbott, surveyed 2,000 young British adults who regularly socialise with a night out that involves heavy drinking. So, is it really possible to consume your entire daily calorie allowance on one night out? 

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The findings of this new survey reveal that the average British drinker consumes 12 drinks on a big night out, which could amount to over 2,000 calories. According to the report, this caloric intake is equivalent to eating a cheeseburger, medium fries, 20 chicken nuggets, and a serving of ice cream. If you’re on a weight loss journey, this level of calorie intake may well be getting in the way of you meeting your goals, especially if you’re not accounting for liquid calories. 

Indeed, nearly half (47%) of those surveyed admitted they never consider the calorie content of their alcoholic beverages. So just how many calories are in alcohol on average? Of those surveyed, individuals consumed an average of three cocktails (186 calories each), three glasses of wine (83 calories each), three pints of lager (200 calories each), and three shots with sugary mixers (207 calories each). The grand total? 2028 calories.


Of course, the impact of this drinking doesn’t end on the night out. Of those surveyed, 86% of respondents reported craving greasy, unhealthy food the day after drinking. The desire for this type of food is fuelled by feeling tired (52%), sluggishness (44%) and an insatiable hunger (22%). If you’re working to prioritise your health and lose weight, ultra-processed foods and takeaways such as pizza and burgers (prime picks for hangover food) are the last thing you want to be including in your diet. Especially if you’ve just added 2,000 extra calories into your intake the night before. 


Excessive alcohol intake can impair insulin sensitivity, which can lead to blood glucose fluctuations. Read our guide to insulin sensitivity here. Consider tracking your glucose levels over a night out if you frequently drink alcohol and are curious as to how it’s impacting your blood sugar levels. Monitoring your blood sugar using a CGM can provide real-time feedback on the impact of the foods and drinks you consume. Developing this awareness can be a powerful way to impact positive behaviour change. Read our guide to CGMs here.


If you are going out for a few drinks, you can still make choices that are healthier and lower the calories in your alcohol by opting for lower-sugar options and limiting your intake. Alternating alcoholic drinks with a glass of water is great strategy. Switch sugary cocktails like espresso martinis and Pimm’s for low-sugar liquor like vodka and a low-sugar mixer like soda and fresh lime. Opt for dry white wines or champagne which is not only dry and fairly low in sugar but generally consumed in smaller quantities. Avoid sugary ciders which can contain several teaspoons of sugar per bottle. A wide range of alcohol free alternatives are now available, here are some of our favourites: What To Drink When You’re Not Drinking.


The Lingo study also highlighted the emotional impact of excessive drinking, with 16% feeling uncomfortable about their consumption and 18% often feeling queasy after a night out. “Hangxiety” is a term that combines “hangover” and “anxiety,” referring to the feelings of anxiety and unease that some people experience after drinking alcohol. And while alcohol may cause you to feel joyful in the short term, it’s important to remember that alcohol is actually a depressant. It slows down the central nervous system, reducing brain activity and negatively impacting mood. We speak with many people who find themselves turning to food for comfort when facing challenging emotions. Non-hunger eating is a big driver for weight gain and it’s important to be aware the impact alcohol could be having on your mood and food choices. When prioritising health and weight management, taking into consideration both mental and physical health is vital.


You can read our guide to alcohol and weight loss here, which outlines some of the issues around excessive drinking, from food cravings to poor sleep, and how to make healthier choices. 

This research of 2,000 Britons was commissioned by Lingo by Abbott and conducted by Perspectus Global during May 2024.


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Sarah spent a large part of her teens and 20’s as a professional dancer battling with orthorexia and an unhealthy relationship with food and her body. This created a desire to understand the human body more so she could finally cut through the confusion and end the cycle of yoyo dieting. This fuelled her passion to help other women do the same.


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Nikki is our Practice Manager, managing our team of practitioners and heading up the day-to-day running of th clinic.


Nikki is involved in the strategic development of our practice, coming from a strong business background in town planning.


A Florida girl, Nikki relocated to the UK in 2014 with her husband and two children.


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