Alcohol Consumption Carries a "Heavy Punch" of a 'Pound a Month' Weight Gain: UK Study

by Trilok Kapur on  December 2, 2009 at 11:28 AM Alcohol & Drug Abuse News   - G J E 4
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Brit's find Alcohol consumption, in a new study, gives them a weight disavantage by putting on a pound a month in weight gain.

The study, which coincides with the launch of an online 'Alculator', found that the typical Brit drinks over 1,000 calories a week in alcohol alone, meaning a sedentary person could put on a pound of weight every three-and-a-half weeks.

Devised by Lloydspharmacy, the Alculator allows people to input their height, weight and typical drinking habits.

It then reveals how their drinking compares to the recommended limits, and predicts how much weight they will gain each year due to alcohol.

"Our new tool confronts the extent of alcohol consumption among British adults," Sky News quoted Nick Mortimer, superintendent pharmacist at Lloyds, as saying.

"A worrying number of people drink much more than the recommended limits and over the course of their lifetime this can have devastating effects on physical and mental health," Mortimer added.

The study showed that the average Brit drinks over two litres of alcohol a week - around 3.7 pints of lager, or 8.5 large glasses of wine.

That works out at more than 84 times their bodyweight over their lifetime.

Source: ANI

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