Mercy Hospital nutrition specialists say this number is likely to increase during the holiday season. They say since people are more apt to enjoy seasonal beverages such as eggnog, and spend more time on leisure activities, their alcoholic calorie count can easily rise.
"One way to spread out your calorie intake from alcohol and food is just spread it out with water in between," says Heather Richards, Mercy Clinical Dietitian. "So if you have one glass of water in between each one," Richards adds.
The CDC study also finds adults consume five percent of all calories from alcohol, compared to six percent from other sweetened drinks.