The average wine drinker in England consumes the equivalent of 38 extra roast beef dinners in calories each year, according to government figures.
Wine drinkers consume on average 2,000 calories from drink alone each month, the government’s Know Your Limits campaign warned.
More than one in three drinkers (37%) admit they are more likely to eat more than they usually would or abandon a more healthy diet when drinking above their recommended daily limits.
Almost one in three (29%) drinkers order crisps, nuts or pork scratchings to accompany their drink, while 19% opt for a takeaway pizza, burger, chips or kebab when drinking more than two pints of berr or two glasses of wine.
Health minister Phil Hope said: ‘Regularly drinking more than our recommended daily limits can have a knock on effect on our health - including an expanding waistline.
‘It’s not only the calories in the drinks themselves that can help to pile on the pounds, we’re also more likely to eat fatty foods when we’ve had one too many. To avoid piling on the pounds we should try to drink within the recommended limits, eat a healthy diet and exercise regularly.’
Findings were based on an online survey of 1,954 adults who consumed alcohol, conducted last month.