The daily consumption of alcoholic drinks It can mean a weight gain of up to 4.5 kilos per year. Alcohol has calories -about 7 kcal per gram of alcohol- and does not provide nutritional content; thus, these 'empty calories' are added to those that contribute the foods included in the daily diet, and usually constitute an additional 100 calories in the case of those people who drink alcohol every day, which after a year can be translate into 4.5 kilos more weight.
This is the conclusion reached by a study conducted by researchers from the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) in the United States. The study found that it was enough to ingest a small amount of alcohol continuously to gain weight in the long term.
The profile of the habitual drinker is that of a male between 20 and 39 years of age, who usually consumes an average of 174 calories a day from alcohol
The authors of the study observed that men and women had different preferences when consuming alcoholic beverages; thus, while women opted for wine, men were more likely to consume beer and distilled beverages: whiskey, gin, rum ...
The research data indicate that the sector of the population that consumes more alcohol is composed of males between 20 and 39 years old, who usually consume an average of 174 calories from alcohol each day. They also point out that only 30% of men and 18% of women drink alcohol every day.
Researchers explain that although moderate consumption of alcohol, in healthy people, is not always harmful to health, it is important to keep in mind that continued intake, even a small amount may mean that they gain another 4.5 kilos. year.