This is how much sugar is (actually) in your drink

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We may live off courgetti 90 per cent of the time, but come the end of the week we’re all over that bottle of sauvignon blanc. However, sweet or not, booze actually contains tons of hidden sugar.

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If you're wondering what sugars are hiding in your drink, check out the nutritional truth of your favourite tipple...

How much sugar is in your favourite drink?

 1. White wine 

Surely there can’t be any sugar in a small glass of wine right? Wrong. 

While it registers fairly low on the sugar scale, there’s still around 1.25 grams per 125ml glass. That’s 2.5% of your daily intake (which is 50 grams, 70 for a man) and who only has one glass?

 2. Prosecco 

Considering it’s a fizz-lovers dream, this is a surprising one. Per flute you’re looking at about a gram of sugar. Only 2% of your recommended allowance. You should celebrate more often. 

 3. Vodka and cranberry juice

Cranberry juice is a killer, vodka not so much. A large glass (250ml) of the red stuff contains on average  30 grams of sugar (7.5 teaspoons), which is 60% of what you should have daily. We can never go out again. 

4. Gin and tonic 

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Like most spirits, gin has next to no sugar in it, tonic water however, well let’s just say G&T lovers should look forward to sky-high cholesterol when they hit old age. 

18 grams per 250ml glass (four teaspoons). 

5.  Rum and coke 

Rum is, again, nowhere to be seen in the sugar race. But as you probably guessed, cola is a front-runner. There’s 27.5 grams of the sweet stuff in every 250ml (a large glass), which is 55% of your daily intake. We think we’ve cracked it, shots are the future…  

6.  Red wine 

 Any connoisseurs out there? There should be more of you! Each small glass (125ml) of the scarlet liquid contains just one gram of sugar, which is a mere quarter of a teaspoon and 2% of your daily allowance. Now then, which do I pick, Merlot or Malbec? 

7.  A pint of lager 

We predict a new rise of the beer swilling lout, the health conscious one anyway. Because each pint has almost zero sugar in it, zilch, nada, no more. Calories on the other hand…

Sagal Mohammed

Sagal is a journalist, specialising in lifestyle, pop culture, fashion and beauty.  She has written for a number of publications including Vogue, Glamour, Stylist, Evening Standard, Bustle, You Magazine, Dazed and Wonderland to name a few.