gram of alcohol has an energy content of 7.1 calories therefore previously it
was believed that alcohol consumption can lead to weight gain. However, the
recent paper, which is an analysis of 31 studies published between 1984 and 2010refuted
this claim. It did not conclusively confirm a link between drinking and weight
at the same time the Spanish researchers have warned that it is possible for
heavy drinkers to experience weight gain and abdominal adiposity (fat around the
middle) more than light drinkers. The type of alcoholic beverage might also
play an important role in modifying the effect of alcohol consumption on weight
gain." The researchers observed that more research needs to be carried out to
understand the role of different types of alcoholic beverages because a pint of
lager contains about 200 calories which is twice as many as in a glass of
scientists have linked heavy drinking to weight gain but not regular
drinking. These results suggest that the frequent consumption of small amounts
of alcohol is the optimal drinking pattern
associated with a lower risk
study has been reviewed by the International Scientific Forum on Alcohol
and has been published in the journal Nutrition Reviews.
data provided by this research cannot be accepted without an argument
For one thing, many people who are heavy drinkers would have started off as
light or moderate drinkers. To recommend
moderate drinking in order to stave off diabetes or metabolic disorders is not
a suggestion that can be easily bought.
point to consider is that most heavy drinkers have other risky habits
such as smoking, excessive eating or lack of exercise. These studies have not
touched upon these factors thus making it inadequate.
More research must go into
understanding the benefits of drinks, such as wine, that have for long been
singled out for their benefits. It is important to weigh the benefits,
alongside the harm, before embarking on any spirited journey!