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Passing your drinking 'tipping point' can result in taking in a whopping 6,300 extra calories

Around half of drinkers surveyed said that passing their tipping point of units caused them to make unhealthy choices with food and to drink more than planned.

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DRINKING BEYOND A personal ‘tipping point’ leads many of us to consume a massive 6,300 extra calories in food and alcohol over the next two days, according to a new study by Slimming World.

The report, conducted in conjunction with with research agency YouGov, reveals that the average tipping point occurs at just 9.3 units of alcohol – equivalent to 3.7 pints of beer or 3.1 large glasses of wine, which is (obviously) easy enough to exceed.

Around half of drinkers said that passing their tipping point caused them to make unhealthy choices with food and to drink more alcohol than planned.

As well as the additional 6,300 calories, half also canceled physical activity in favour of watching TV, staying in bed or spending more time online.

“Alcohol stimulates appetite, makes us want to eat more unhealthy foods and lowers our inhibitions, all of which can lead to us making unhealthy choices – without even realising how many more calories we’re consuming,” Head of Nutrition and Research at Slimming World, Dr Jacquie Lavin, said.

“Our research shows a lack of awareness of the calories in alcoholic drinks, so we believe that more needs to be done to make the public aware of the fact that alcohol contains calories in itself, by putting calorie labels on alcoholic drinks.”

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