How many kilojoules are you drinking?

 

Did you know that alcohol is high in kilojoules (kJs) which can lead to weight gain and increase your risk of cancer?

Many people don't realise, but if you drink too much and are overweight or obese your cancer risk is higher.

Get the facts

Cancer Council Victoria analysed the number of kilojoules in popular wines, beers, ciders and premix spirits.

While premix spirits were found to be the worst for your waistline, beer, wine and cider can also add several hundred extra kilojoules to your diet.

Find out how many kilojoules are in your drink

Weigh up your drinking

Some alcoholic drinks (like a can of rum and cola or vodka and citrus) deliver more than 1,000kJs each – that's more than a cheeseburger!

If you're having four or more drinks on a night out, you could be adding a whopping 4,000kJs to your diet. That's almost half the daily intake of the average Australian adult,1 or the equivalent of eating 20 chicken nuggets, 12 chocolate Paddle Pop ice-creams, three and a half cheeseburgers, or five bowls of Froot Loops with milk!2

It's easy to see how the kilojoules in alcohol can quickly add up over the course of a night, a week or a month.

Reduce your cancer risk

Alcohol is really a double whammy for health. Not only is it high in kilojoules, it also increases your risk of cancer.

More than 3200, or 2.8 per cent, of the cases of cancer in Australia in 2010 were attributed to alcohol consumption3 and 3900 to overweight or obesity.4

Strong evidence links alcohol to cancer of the mouth, throat, oesophagus, stomach, liver, bowel and female breast.

Find out more

Read our tips for drinking less

About the research

Cancer Council Victoria used the Dan Murphy's and First Choice Liquor websites to determine the top 10 selling products in the following categories: premix dark spirits, premix light spirits, cider and beer. Cancer Council Victoria contacted the manufacturers of these drinks to request nutritional information. In the cases where the manufacturer did not provide the information, the nutritional data was sourced from the online CalorieKing Australia food database.

  1. Based on a daily recommended kJ intake of 8,700kJ http://daa.asn.au/for-the-public/smart-eating-for-you/nutrition-a-z/daily-intake-guide/
  2. Kilojoule information was taken from the product website. When information was not available, the CalorieKing Australia food database was used.
  3. Cancers in Australia in 2010 attributable to the consumption of alcohol, Aust N Z J Public Health 2015 http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26437723
  4. Cancers in Australia in 2010 attributable to overweight and obesity, Aust N Z J Public Health 2015  http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26437731

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