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Moderate Drinking Fights Obesity

Monday, 05 December 2005 12:00 AM

Moderate drinkers - people who have one or two alcoholic drinks a day - have a lower risk of becoming obese than either teetotalers or heavy drinkers, according to a study from the Mayo Clinic.

The Mayo researchers found that among 8,000-plus American adults, those who had one daily drink were 54 percent less likely than non-drinkers to be obese. Those who drank a little more (two drinks per day) or a little less (a few drinks per week) also had a lower risk of obesity than nondrinkers.

Heavy drinking, on the other hand, raised the odds of obesity. People who had four or more drinks a day were 46 percent more likely to be obese than non-drinkers. Binge drinkers were also at a high risk of obesity.

Overall, half of current drinkers were in the normal weight range, versus only about one-quarter of non-drinkers.

Study co-author Dr. James Rohrer said it's unclear why moderate drinkers are less likely to become very overweight. However, he warned that drinking should not be used as a "weight-loss strategy" because alcohol is so high in calories.

On the other hand, he said that completely cutting out alcohol in order to lose weight might not work either.

The findings are published online in the journal BMC Public Health.

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