Tuesday, March 09, 2010

WebMD: Moderate Drinking Linked to Weight Control

It might be time to add weight control to the growing list of potential benefits for light to moderate drinking.
Normal-weight women who drank alcohol in moderation were less likely than women who didn't drink at all to become overweight or obese over more than a dozen years of follow-up.

Those who drank the equivalent of one to two drinks a day -- be it beer, wine, or liquor -- were 30% less likely than non-drinkers to become overweight or obese.

Study co-researcher Howard S. Sesso, ScD, MPH, cautions that people who do not drink alcohol should not take up the habit to keep from gaining weight.


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