Drs. Oz & Roizen's Tip of the Day: Counting calories, one drink at a time

King Features SydicateJuly 18, 2013 

"Drunk History," originally part of Will Ferrell's website FunnyorDie.com, is headed to Comedy Central, where it will serve 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, 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 whiskey (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 medical officer at the Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute. To live your healthiest, visit sharecare.com. Distributed by King Features Syndicate Inc.

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