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Scientist and doctors often give mixed reviews on alcohol consumption. We have all heard that it can be good for your health in moderation and also bad for your health in overindulgence. The effects that alcohol has on women's health is also both positive and negative. However, a recent study shows that moderate alcohol consumption in women can actually have a positive effect on weight control.
According to WebMD and other highly regarded health sources, the recent study indicated that women who have 1 to 2 drinks daily are less likely to become obese. The study is surprising to say the least. Alcohol is often portrayed as empty calories to dieters and drastically reducing or eliminating alcohol is often suggested to those looking to lose weight. However, the study does not tout alcohol as a means to lose weight, but as a tool for weight control. The study showed that women who are of normal weight and regularly drank 1 to 2 drinks everyday, were 30% less likely to become overweight.
The kind of alcohol (i.e. beer, wine, liquor) did not seem to be a factor in the study which was conducted at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts. It was conducted on more than 19,000 women who were all over the age of 38 with about 12-13 years of follow up. Many of the women did gain weight during the study, but those who were of normal weight and consistently drank 1-2 drinks daily gained the least weight. A similar study conducted by Texas Tech University found comparable results in women in 2005.
While the study shines a positive light on light to moderate alcohol consumption, there is still reason to be skeptical. A study last year found a link between consuming just one alcoholic drink daily and an increase risk to various cancers. Also, alcohol should not be used as a dieting tool or as a way to lose weight. If you are not a drinker and you were to begin consuming alcohol on a regular basis, the empty calories could actually lead to weight gain. It is also important to keep in mind that heavy drinking is never a health benefit and driving after drinking should always be avoided.
However, if you are of normal weight and you enjoy a glass of wine or a beer everyday, the alcohol consumption could possibly help you to maintain and control your weight. Keep mindful of your alcohol consumption and get help if your moderate drinking begins to lead to a drinking problem. If you live in Metro Detroit and having a problem with drugs or alcohol, check out drugrehabdetroit.org. It is a non-profit organization that is dedicated to helping those with drug and alcohol problems in the Metro Detroit area.