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Moderate Drinking Found To Reduce Risk Of Obesity In Middle-Aged Women

March 5, 2010: 06:41 AM EST
Scientific evidence so far has not proven that drinking alcohol, with 196 calories in every ounce, is a risk factor for obesity. Now a new study suggests that, among normal-weight middle-aged women at least, drinking modest amounts of alcohol may actually reduce the risk of weight gain. U.S. researchers studied health data questionnaires from more than 19,000 women over age 39 with normal weight and followed them for 13 years. About 38 percent said they drank no alcohol; 53 percent drank up to 15 grams a day; three percent drank more than 15 grams. Over the 13 years, most women (on average) gained weight. But women who drank 15 to 30 grams of alcohol a day had the lowest risk of being overweight or obese – almost 30 percent lower than non-drinkers.
Lu Wang, MD, PhD, et al, "Alcohol Consumption, Weight Gain, and Risk of Becoming Overweight in Middle-aged and Older Women", Archives of Internal Medicine 2010;170(5):453-461, March 05, 2010, © American Medical Association
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