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Are you up for the challenge? Swap wine for beer this January!

A group of female beer fans have vowed to switch from wine to beer during January as a way of cutting back on alcohol intake and shifting the extra pounds from Christmas.

In their bid to show women everywhere that beer is not as calorific as wine, members of the Dea Latis women and beer group plan to swap their glasses of wine for a glass of beer. They aim to dispel the widely-held views that beer is calorific, gassy and gives drinkers a ‘beer belly’.

Dea Latis member Annabel Smith said, “For many women, beer’s supposedly high calorie content is the main reason why they don’t drink it. In fact, beer is lower in alcohol content and therefore in calories, than wine – so for anyone who wants to reduce their alcohol content during January, but can’t face complete abstinence, beer’s a great option.”

A 175ml glass of white wine at 12% abv contains 131 calories whereas a half pint of standard beer at 3.8% abv contains only 85 calories. Beer has a lower alcohol by volume – typically between 4-5% ABV – compared to wine, at between 12-14% ABV.

Will you be taking part? Let us know!

Choosing beers: Dea Latis’s tips

  1.  Keep an eye on the abv – the higher it is, the more calories it will have
  2. Beers on the traditional handpulls tend to be less fizzy
  3. Don’t be afraid to ask for a taster glass as many pubs will oblige
  4. Try drinking beer from different glasses – in fact, it’s great in a wine glass
  5. If you’re eating as well, remember that darker beers tend to go better with strong flavours (pies and beef) and lighter beers with more delicate flavours (fish and chicken). For spicy foods and curries, lagers have the carbon dioxide ‘bite’ to cut through the strong flavours.
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Joanna Dring is the communications manager for Carlsberg UK, overseeing all UK PR for the global brewing giant. A former PR Week 29 under 29-er (the 30th birthday is slowly approaching…), Joanna has worked in numerous in-house PR roles including other brewers, the motor industry and local government. Joanna lives in sunny Bedford, once applied for Come Dine With Me and enjoys writing in the third person.

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