Alcoholic beverages, like everything else we consume, have calories that can add up and presumably cause weight gain. However, research has failed to link alcohol to obesity. In fact, a recent study in the Archives of Internal Medicine shows a contrary connection.
Researchers at Brigham and Women’s Hospital followed 19,220 women with different alcoholic intake levels for more than a decade. Although 41% of the participants became overweight or obese, it was the women who don’t drink that gained the most weight. Women who consumed between 15 and 30 grams of alcohol per day had a 30% lower risk of becoming overweight.
“An inverse association between alcohol intake and risk of becoming overweight or obese was noted for all four types of alcoholic beverages,” the study authors wrote, “with the strongest association found for red wine and a weak yet significant association for white wine after multivariate adjustment.”
Of course, drinking alcohol isn’t an option for everyone, so it’s imperative to speak to a doctor before including or increasing alcohol in your daily diet.
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