Health Benefits of Wine and Beer
Both beer and wine have some added benefits to drinkers that many distilled alcoholic beverages do not. For instance, red wine that is high in tannin contains procyanidins which protect against heart disease. Beer is a significant source of dietary silicon which improves bone density and reduces the risk of osteoporosis.
Original Source: Calories in Beer vs. Wine (Infographic)
Not All Wines and Beers Have the Same Calories
Since some beer and wine have a higher alcohol percentage than others, the total calories will vary greatly. A good rule of thumb is to choose the lightest alcohol dry wine or beer in order to have the least calories. In the above graphic, you can determine that IPAs have more calories than Lagers and wines with 15% ABV, such as a Napa Cabernet Sauvignon, have higher calories than say a German Kabinett Riesling.
1. procyanidins in wine reduce heart disease Red wine procyanidins and vascular health (pdf)
2. dietary silicon improves bone density from sciencedaily.com
3. A great resource for determining calories in alcoholic beverages simplybeer.com