It’s almost the 4th of July, and many of us are looking forward to afternoon lake or poolside barbeques. Traditionally it seems like beer wins the beverage of choice award for this holiday, but there are practical reasons to choose wine at outside parties. I’m here to argue the case for wine on the 4th!
First of all, the celebrations usually last all day, not ending until the fireworks display after dark. That can make for a long day of drinking! In general wine has a higher alcohol content than beer, but because it’s served in smaller amounts – 5 ozs as opposed to 12 or 16 – you’re drinking less. Most Chardonnay, for example, has an ABV (alcohol by volume) of 13%, whereas the average domestic beer is between 4 – 5% ABV.
So far that might seem like a good reason to drink beer instead of wine on the 4th – after all you have to drink way more of it to get the same effect – BUT…do you know how many calories are in all that beer? Yikes!
Each can of Budweiser has approximately 150 calories. Over the course of a long afternoon, I’ve seen folks drink a whole 12-pack of the stuff! That really adds up – 150 x 12 is 1800 calories – that’s the same as eating 6 1/2 hamburgers! The average white wine, on the other hand has 121 calories per glass. A bottle of wine contains 5 glasses, and 121 x 5 is 605 calories. Who says math isn’t useful?
To break it down for you, if you drink a whole bottle of white wine by yourself, you’ve consumed 605 calories and 11 units of alcohol; a 12-pack of Bud and you’ve had 1800 calories and 20.8 units of alcohol. That’s quite a difference – you could even drink 2 whole bottles if you wanted to (not that we’d recommend it) and still have consumed 1/3 fewer calories! You’d also have consumed 1.2 more units of alcohol than your 12-pack drinking buddy, though, so you might want to be careful there.
Whether you decide to go with wine on the 4th or something else, have a safe and wonderful holiday celebration!