How bad is booze, really? 6 Crazy facts about alcohol

Ever wondered how many calories you really consume every time you drink? Or how alcohol actually affects your nightly zzz’s? (Spoiler alert: it’s not the magic sleep aid you think.) We got to the bottom of boozing’s biggest urban legends. And don’t worry — it’s not all bad news. Drinking moderately comes with a wealth of health benefits, says Sam Zakhari, Ph.D., Senior Vice President of the Distilled Spirits Council (DISCUS) and former Director of the Division of Metabolism and Health Effects at the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA). Here’s what you’ll want to know about how alcohol affects you when you’re drinking in moderation — and what happens when you wake up knowing that the last whiskey was definitely unnecessary.

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1. You’re drinking more than you think.

A study from Cancer Research UK suggests that the average British adult might drink around 3,740 calories of beer or 3,750 calories of alcohol while attending holiday parties this year. Even though 27 percent of the 18- to 24-year-olds and 33 percent of the 25- to 34-year-olds surveyed said they had been known to skip a meal to “make room” for drinking (note: not a good idea!), they still ended up imbibing so much that it would have taken seven hours of jogging to work off all that seasonal cheer.

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