The UK Chief Medical Officers’ (CMOs) guidelines recommend that both men and women are safest not to regularly drink more than 14 units a week.
A single standard medium sized 175ml glass of 12% Alcohol by Volume (ABV) rosé wine contains 2.1 units of alcohol. So, drinking just under seven 175ml glasses of 12% rosé will take you over these guidelines.
A standard medium glass of wine, served in most pubs, is 175ml. This amount of rosé wine contains around 147 calories – the equivalent of half a burger. So, drinking a couple of glasses of wine is like having an extra meal. But these are ‘empty calories’ – most alcoholic drinks contain just traces of vitamins and minerals and don’t benefit your body in any way.
If you want to burn off one 175ml glass of rosé wine, you'll need to run for around 15 minutes.
Why are calories in alcohol extra fattening?
If you want to check how strong your drink is, look for the Alcohol by Volume (ABV) on the bottle, or ask at the bar. The ABV tells you what percentage of the drink is pure alcohol.
Like all wines, the strength of your rosé can vary a lot. For example, a light (or lower alcohol) wine can be as low as 5.5% ABV, while others are as high as 14.5%, which works out to more than a unit’s difference in a single drink.
People sometimes open rosé when the weather is warm and the days are long – making it easy to sit back and lose track of how much you're drinking. Try these top tips to help you drink less units and cut down on calories.
- Choose lower alcohol options. Swapping a 12% ABV wine to a light rosé that's 5.5% can more than halve the number of units you drink. Or, pour half a glass and top up with ice and fizzy water – rosé spritzers are the perfect summer treat.
- Look who's pouring. If you're at a party with a generous host, they may top you up without you noticing. Let them know you want to keep track of your drinks. Ask for a smaller glass and opt out of automatic refills.
- Alternate with soft drinks. Soft options don't have to be dull. If you've got guests you want to impress, go for fancy cordials, smoothies or knock up some non-alcoholic mocktails.
- Tackle your triggers. If you always have a drink to celebrate a sunny Saturday or commiserate a bad day at work, try doing something else instead. Watching some comedy, music or theatre makes for a great night, or try a yoga class for an alternative way to de-stress.
- Use our free tracking app. The Drinkaware: Track and Calculate Units App is a simple-to-use tool for keeping tabs on how much alcohol you’re drinking each week.