How many calories are in that New Year’s Eve cocktail?

TEL AVIV, ISRAEL - MARCH 25:  Fresh country bread and red wine are served with lunch at the Carmella Banahela bistro on March 25, 2008 in Tel Aviv, Israel. World food prices are soaring in the face of what some analysts are describing as a perfect storm of circumstances; increasing demand from developing economies in Asia, rising fuel prices, severe weather impacting recent harvests and an economic shift to biofuel production. All this leaves the consumer paying more for basic staples such as bread and milk and is likely to have its hardest impact on poorer nations.  (Photo by David Silverman/Getty Images)
A five-ounce glass of wine has about 120 calories – not so bad, Squires said, but there’s a problem: “Most of the glasses that we’re now getting in restaurants and homes often will have twice that amount. So you may be getting 240 calories and not realizing it.” Even hot mulled wine will run you about 100-110 calories. (Photo by David Silverman/Getty Images) (Getty Images/David Silverman)
A bottle of Angel’s Envy bourbon is displayed at the gift shop of Angel's Envy distillery, in Louisville, Ky. Visitors to Louisville’s newest distillery raised glasses Wednesday to toast the opening of the Angel’s Envy facility in a high-profile location downtown. Tourism officials are celebrating another sign of bourbon’s momentum in a city riding a wave of whiskey-inspired tourism. (AP Photo/Bruce Schreiner)
A 2.5-ounce Bourbon and soda also has about 120 calories: “But that’s for one,” Squires said, “and how many people stop at one? So you’ve gotta watch that.” (AP Photo/Bruce Schreiner) (AP)
FILE - In this Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2015, file photo, bottles of Budweiser beer are on display in a shop window in London. On Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2016, it was announced that Budweiser maker Anheuser-Busch InBev will pay $6 million to the Securities and Exchange Commission to settle charges that the company made improper payments to government officials in India to promote its products and then tried to hush an employee who reported the violations. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, File)
A 12-ounce beer is about 150 calories. A light beer is only 90, “so if you like light beer, that’s probably a good option for you.” (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, File) (AP)
In this photo taken Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2015, bartender Paul Nolan makes Irish Coffee drinks at the Buena Vista Cafe in San Francisco. The drink has been made at the popular bar since 1952 and up to 2,000 are served a day. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
An Irish coffee? Now you’re really getting up there: It has about 210 calories. The good news, Squires said, is that since it’s a hot drink, you probably won’t hoover it up so quickly. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg) (AP)
Spritzer cocktail with white wine, mint and ice, decorated with spiral lemon zest, horizontal, copy space
One great way to lessen the caloric impact, Squires said, is to alternate alcoholic drinks with sparkling water. Wine spritzers are also “a great way to take that five ounces of wine and maybe spread it over two or three drinks.” (Thinkstock) (Getty Images/iStockphoto/iuliia_n)
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Squires’ big tip? A water bar. Set out bowls of individual fruits and flavorings such as ginger, mint, basil and others. Then everyone can mash up their own flavors and add still or sparkling water. “You get a really flavorful drink that is very low in calories. It looks good; it looks festive; it tastes great, and it’s just really fun.” (Thinkstock) (Getty Images/iStockphoto/CandiceDawn)
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TEL AVIV, ISRAEL - MARCH 25:  Fresh country bread and red wine are served with lunch at the Carmella Banahela bistro on March 25, 2008 in Tel Aviv, Israel. World food prices are soaring in the face of what some analysts are describing as a perfect storm of circumstances; increasing demand from developing economies in Asia, rising fuel prices, severe weather impacting recent harvests and an economic shift to biofuel production. All this leaves the consumer paying more for basic staples such as bread and milk and is likely to have its hardest impact on poorer nations.  (Photo by David Silverman/Getty Images)
A bottle of Angel’s Envy bourbon is displayed at the gift shop of Angel's Envy distillery, in Louisville, Ky. Visitors to Louisville’s newest distillery raised glasses Wednesday to toast the opening of the Angel’s Envy facility in a high-profile location downtown. Tourism officials are celebrating another sign of bourbon’s momentum in a city riding a wave of whiskey-inspired tourism. (AP Photo/Bruce Schreiner)
FILE - In this Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2015, file photo, bottles of Budweiser beer are on display in a shop window in London. On Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2016, it was announced that Budweiser maker Anheuser-Busch InBev will pay $6 million to the Securities and Exchange Commission to settle charges that the company made improper payments to government officials in India to promote its products and then tried to hush an employee who reported the violations. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, File)
In this photo taken Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2015, bartender Paul Nolan makes Irish Coffee drinks at the Buena Vista Cafe in San Francisco. The drink has been made at the popular bar since 1952 and up to 2,000 are served a day. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
Spritzer cocktail with white wine, mint and ice, decorated with spiral lemon zest, horizontal, copy space
Macro Image of Multiple Berries

WASHINGTON — There are all sorts of reasons not to drink too much on New Year’s Eve, or anytime really, but there’s one that people might overlook: the calories.

“We often tend to not consider what we’re drinking as calories,” Lean Plate Club™ blogger Sally Squires told WTOP, and that can lead to regrets of a different kind New Year’s morning.

It’s particularly important to keep an eye on your alcohol intake if you’re trying to keep weight off, Squires said: A gram of alcohol has about 7 calories — about twice what you’d get in a protein or a carbohydrate, and just a little less than what you’d find in pure fat. And your body is “very efficient” in turning those calories to fat.

Squires has the numbers so you can at least arm yourself with knowledge about what you’re loading up with — she also has suggestions about how to minimize the calories you’re taking in.

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