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Calories & Carbohydrates in
Whiskey, Rum, Vodka, Gin

Article by Sky Taylor, Diet Bites

When Ethyl Alcohol Increases, Caloric Values Follow Suit

Note in our data chart below how the Kcal values rise in the drink along with the ethyl alcohol content.

In addition, the carbohydrate gram content is identical for all four of our highlighted drinks per proof percentage. And for that matter, the caloric values of all match one another per proof percentage.

If we move from a serving size which is based on a 1.5 ounce jigger to a one fluid ounce serving, the caloric values equal 82 Kcals per serving.

One ounce of gin, rum, whiskey or vodka contains 0.01 mg of iron, 0.004 of niacin, 1 mg of phosphorus, 1 mg of potassium, zero sodium content, 0.01 mg of zinc, 0.002 mg of thiamin, 0.0001 of riboflavin, zero cholesterol, zero caffeine content, zero fatty acid content and zero carbohydrate grams.

Simply put, these spirited beverages contain chiefly calories due to the alcohol content.

Oddly enough, the 86 proof version contains 0.04 carbohydrate grams.

Whiskey, Rum, Vodka, Gin Calories, Carbohydrates & Ethyl Alcohol Content

Data Based on 1.5 Ounces Equaling 1 Jigger

Brandy Based on Alcohol Content

Calories, Kcals

Carbohydrate Grams

Ethyl Alcohol Grams

100 Proof




94 Proof




90 Proof




86 Proof




80 Proof




Healthier Choices Without Risking Liver Damage

Heavy use of alcohol is the chief risk for chronic liver disease. These intoxicating spirits are metabolized and detoxified in the liver and consuming beverages containing alcohol impact this vital organ more than any other in the human body.

When damage starts to occur, one of the first symptoms is the accumulation of fat.

If an individual experiences a few days of heavy drinking - it may be startling to know that the accumulation can occur this swiftly. However, when the abuse is discarded, the liver can rectify itself. But if the abuse continues, it will more likely than not reach a stage where it cannot mend.

Cirrhosis of the liver can occur in as little as five years - and it isn't always the result of heavy drinking. As few as one alcohol-based drink per day can trigger the disease.

Having lost close family members in this manner, it's not a good way to die. There is considerable pain and suffering involved and when there is no further treatment available, the loved one is generally sent to hospice to die.


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