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Another Reason to Stop After One Glass: Weight Gain

You all know I am big fan of moderation, especially when it comes to vices like chocolate or red wine. While alcohol might be the new exercise motivator, another health study was recently published seemingly to remind us all to be moderate when it comes to beer, wine, and booze. The UK study found that binge drinking leads to weight gain. And not just all over weight gain, but it increases belly fat, which is known to increase the risk of type 2 diabetes, certain cancers, and heart disease.

Binge drinking is defined as drinking five or more alcoholic drinks in one sitting and doing so has measurable health consequences — women who tend to binge drink were found to have waists four inches larger than those who did not. The study found that drinking one drink a day for five days didn't have the same effect of increasing abdominal fat as binge drinking. The study was unable to determine how long one would have to regularly binge drink to create the weight gain. Regardless, add this one to your lists of reasons to stop after one glass.

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GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 7 years
I just find out I have a wine allergy. It's hard for me to accept, as red wine is one my loves in life. :) And it's right before holiday season -- the timing cannot be worse. I suspect I have sulfite sensitivity. Ugh.
kastarte2 kastarte2 7 years
They need a study to find this out? We call it a "beer gut" for a reason. Thought this was common knowledge. :)
Spectra Spectra 7 years
Chrstne--they do, they're called "downers", lol. They say a lot of people do get hooked on clinical depressants because they want the alcohol effect with no calories. Scary, but true. I never did the binge-drinking thing. My parents always taught us moderation when it comes to wine/beer/liquor. When we were teenagers, my parents actually let us have one drink on holidays and special occasions...never enough to get drunk or anything. I've never really been drunk, but I do like a beer or a vodka and diet soda to unwind after a crazy day at work.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 7 years
Sometimes I drink more than one glass. Often I drink two. I look good, so I'm fine with it.
Chrstne Chrstne 7 years
I wish they made calorie-free booze. Perhaps I just need a better way to unwind on the weekends.
opentypeA opentypeA 7 years
They needed a study to find this out?
Soniabonya Soniabonya 7 years
The bottle or, well, the many number of bottles...okay cases... of alcohol I drank during college was one of the many reasons for my weight gain. That and an unhealthy lifestyle of living off pizza and fast food. I have definetly cut back to about one or two glasses of wine a night :)
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