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Australian nutritionist Sarah di Lorenzo reveals the lowest calorie alcoholic drinks

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An Australian nutritionist has shared her guide to the lowest calorie drinks as millions of people rush to the pub to celebrate freedom.

If you want to shift the lockdown weight without being in it, clinical nutritionist Sarah Di Lorenzo says you can order a gin or vodka mixed with club soda, both of which have just 83 calories per glass.

According to her calculations, wine lovers can save half of their usual intake by switching to champagne. A glass of red or white has an average of 160 calories, while a flute of bubbly has only 77 calories.

Other slimline choices include a 60-calorie shot of tequila, which Ms. Di Lorenzo calls a “dieter’s best friend.”

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Australian nutritionist Sarah Di Lorenzo (pictured) has shared her guide to the lowest calorie drinks as millions of people rush to the pub to celebrate freedom

Those looking to move the lockdown weight without being in it should order a gin or vodka mixed with club soda, both of which have just 83 calories per glass

Those looking to move the lockdown weight without being in it should order a gin or vodka mixed with club soda, both of which have just 83 calories per glass

How many calories are in your favorite drinks?

1 glass of wine – 160 calories

1 glass of champagne – 77 calories

1 gin and soda – 83 calories

1 vodka and soda – 83 calories

1 standard beer – 144 calories

1 Aperol Spritz – 125 calories

1 tequila shot – 60 calories

The expert says the real danger lies in alcohol laced with sugary additives like spirits mixed with soft drinks and the worst culprit of all: cocktails.

But there’s one fruity exception: an Aperol Spritz, which has just 125 calories per glass and is a “better choice than wine,” according to Ms. Di Lorenzo.

“Alcohol is a way of life for many and it’s important to be realistic,” she told 7News.

“Finish any alcoholic drink with a glass of water…being hydrated will also help minimize hunger cravings the next day.”

To control your weight and overall health, Ms. Di Lorenzo says abstain from alcohol four to five nights a week.

Staying sober most of the time allows your liver to rest and prevents fluid retention associated with drinking regularly.

While many love to return to the pub, nearly two million Australians now live a non-alcoholic lifestyle.

According to Mrs. Di Lorenzo's calculations, wine lovers can save themselves half of their usual intake by switching to champagne

According to Mrs. Di Lorenzo’s calculations, wine lovers can save themselves half of their usual intake by switching to champagne

Recent figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics show that more than a quarter of Australians (28.9 per cent) abstain largely from alcohol, with a further 9.5 per cent drinking less than at this time last year.

The number of ex-drinkers in Australia has risen from 1.5 million to 1.9 million in the past four years.

This growing sober scene is largely fueled by hordes of Instagram influencers touting the benefits of their alcohol-free lifestyle online, including fitness mogul Kayla Itsines, 30, who says she hasn’t touched a drop since she was 19.

The catering industry takes note, with the national first ever alcohol-free bar Brunswick Aces to open its doors in Melbourne on May 1st, serving a menu of over 100 non-alcoholic beers, wines and cocktails to absolute gamblers.

Kayla Itsines (pictured) has been known as a teetotaler since she was 19, after having only negative experiences with hangovers and illness

Kayla Itsines (pictured) has been known as a teetotaler since she was 19, after having only negative experiences with hangovers and illness

The three best tips from an ex-drinker to quit alcohol

1. Connect with the sober community

“This can be done any way that works for you, but whether it’s AA, a local support group, or an online forum, you need to reach out and talk to people,” Ms Lionnet said.

2. Learn more about alcohol

One of the things that Ms. Lionnet thinks has kept her from relapsing is educating herself about what alcohol consumption really does to the human body.

Books she recommends include “Quit Like A Woman” by Holly Whitaker and “Annie’s Naked Mind” by Annie Grace.

3. Simultaneous Self-Discovery

Ms Lionnet believes that if you want to stop, you need to understand why you are drinking.

“You have to find out what experiences made you drink and dissolve them at the root,” she said.

This can be done through therapy, participating in alcohol-free challenges, or anything else that works to transform your beliefs to align with your true moral values, Ms. Lionnet says.

Source: It’s not me, it’s booze

But while many managed to cope with the lockdown by turning away from the bottle, more than 18 months of restrictions has sent a worrying number of Australians into a spiral of heavy drinking.

Household alcohol spending skyrocketed across Australia after the coronavirus rocked normality, with Aussies dropping a whopping $2 billion more than usual on booze last year.

Drinkers spent an average of $1,891 per household on alcohol in 2020 – an increase of $270 from the 2019 total, figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics show.

The alarming trend worsened last winter when Melbourne’s five million residents were forced into protective custody during the world’s toughest lockdown that lasted more than four months.

Revealed: Long-Term Effects of Regular Heavy Drinking

Brain: Drinking too much can affect your concentration, judgment, mood and memory. It increases the risk of stroke and developing dementia.

Heart: Heavy drinking raises your blood pressure and can lead to heart damage and heart attacks.

Liver: Drinking three to four standard drinks a day increases the risk of developing liver cancer. Drinking heavily for a long time also puts you at increased risk of liver cirrhosis (scarring) and death.

Stomach: Drinking even one to two standard drinks a day increases the risk of stomach and colon cancer and stomach ulcers.

Fertility: Regular heavy drinking reduces testosterone levels, sperm count and fertility in men. For women, drinking too much can affect their periods.

Source: Health directly

Victoria’s alcohol services saw a surge in demand as incarcerated residents turned to the bottle, with a study by the Victorian Alcohol and Drug Association finding that alcohol contained “a lot more” or “a little more” as a drug of concern.

Bingeing is already taking its toll on the country’s health.

A revolutionary health calculator developed by AIA Vitality recently claimed that Australians are aging as much as nine years faster than they should be.

The free five-minute test provides an alarming insight into the true ‘health age’ of Australians by analyzing the answers to a range of behavioral questions about diet, exercise and especially alcohol consumption.

A 2019 study funded by St Vincent’s Hospital in Melbourne found that excessive alcohol consumption causes more damage to Australians’ physical and mental wellbeing than any other drug, surpassing both crystal methamphetamine (ice cream) and heroin.

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