Effects of Alcohol Include Weight Gain

Alcoholic Beverages Equal Soda as Contributor to Obesity

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You may not drink much soda, but when you stare at the red number glaring up at you from the silver scale in your bathroom, you know something is causing those excess pounds to hang around. While it is the season to drink and be merry, you may want to reconsider the source of your merriment – a new analysis, as reported by the National Center for Health Statistics, has found that alcoholic beverages contribute at least 100 additional calories to the daily intake of the average American.

alcohol and weight gainMore than 20 percent of men and 6 percent of women drink more than 300 calories worth of alcohol daily, causing a swell in waistlines across the America. Liquid calories have been the source blame for the growing obesity epidemic, with the greatest number of fingers, assigning blame to sugary drinks, which add 140 to 180 extra calories to the average person’s daily intake and skyrocketing the amount of weight a person make pack on over the course of one year.

Bloomberg’s ban on sugary sodas in New York has researchers investigating other liquid sources of weight gain. This study being the first to examine the contributing role of alcohol. Samara Joy Nielsen, the lead author of the study and a nutritional epidemiologist with the National Center for Health Statistics, part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention told the New York Times, “I think people may be aware that there are calories in alcoholic beverages,but I don’t know if people actually look at a beer and realize that it’s the same amount of calories as a soda. Or that a five-ounce glass of wine is almost as much as a soda.”

Overall, among those who drink alcohol, alcohol accounts for 16 percent of daily calories. Young adults were among the heaviest drinkers with numbers dwindling after the age of 40.

If you are struggling with weight loss and find yourself easing the pain of a long day at work with booze throughout the week or bingeing on alcoholic beverages during weekend soirees, you may to explore other avenues for finding solace. Solutions are not at the bottom of any bottle, but a whole lot of calories and added pounds certainly are.



  1. I can totally relate to this post. There was a period of time in my life when i drink beer like water. I swell more than i thought i had. That was a wake up call for me to cut alcohol. it took me a year with great discipline to exercise four times a week to bring back my waistline.

    1. Thanks for sharing – that’s a great success story! After graduating college, I had hard time scaling back my bad habit of drinking too much as well. It really sneaks up on you.

  2. I love booze and it is my downfall 😦

    1. Yeah, it gets me too. Especially this time of year!

  3. […] The real reason alcohol derails your “perfect” body goals? (P.S. It’s not just about the liquid calories.) […]

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