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Booze news: What's really in that glass?

Aug. 24, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

"Drunk History," originally part of Will Farrell's FunnyorDie.com, is now on Comedy Central, where it's serving up even more inebriated historical re-enactments. And although they're somewhat entertaining, we figure seeing comedian Duncan Trussell (after a six-pack of beer and a bottle of absinthe) narrate the story of Nicola Tesla, the father of Western technology (with John C. Reilly as Tesla), should be enough to convince the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives that mandatory nutritional labels on booze is a smart move.

Until that happens, we're glad beer, wine and liquor companies in the U.S. are now allowed to put nutritional labels on their products, identifying ingredients and serving size. (In Canada, there's no such regulation.) But you still won't see them on all bottles. So, here's an overview:

1 bottle of beer (12 ounces): 150 calories; 13 grams carbohydrates; 1.6 grams protein; 10 percent of RDV for vitamin B-6 and 5 percent for magnesium.

1 glass of wine (5 ounces): 125 calories; 4.1 grams carbohydrates; 0.1 gram protein.

1 ounce of vodka (80 proof): 64 calories; 0 carbs; 0 protein; 0 vitamins or minerals.

1 ounce of whisky (86 proof): 70 calories and another big 0 on everything else!

Beware! If you follow the Canadian Low-Risk Alcohol Drinking Guidelines (women, 10 drinks a week; men, 15), you could take in 1,250 to 1,875 extra calories weekly! We say stick with one drink a day (if you've got no risk for alcohol or drug abuse); a recent study shows folks who have a nightly drink are thinner than those who have more than one and those who have none.

Mehmet Oz, M.D. is host of "The Dr. Oz Show," and Mike Roizen, M.D. is Chief Wellness Officer and Chair of Wellness Institute at Cleveland Clinic. To live your healthiest, visit sharecare.com.

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