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by Michele Schackelford, staff writer

Alcohol has the second-highest calorie count. Even though it is high in calories, it is not a good source of energy. The affects of alcoholic beverages on weight gain and health is a continuously disputed topic. Cutting carbohydrates to lose weight is the new way of thinking, but this is not the truth, especially with alcohol. Pure alcohol contains about seven calories per gram, which makes it nearly twice as fattening as carbohydrates or protein, both containing about four calories per gram. It is just under the caloric value for fat, nine calories per gram. It is obvious that if you want to lose weight and reduce body fat, alcohol should not be included in your diet.

Weight gain from alcohol generally occurs because of the extra calories being consumed that your body is not used to. The body is not used to digesting the extra calories from alcohol. Many college students find they gain weight because of the lack of nutritious foods, consuming increased amounts of alcohol, and eating after drinking. There are many other variables that affect weight gain from alcohol consumption. These variables include, according to shapefit.com, genes, what you eat--foods such as cheese or other high calorie snacks and drinking, which slows down the burning of fat.

Low carbohydrate, no carbohydrate, light, 1/3 less sugar, and a variety of other alcoholic beverages are constantly placed in front of us. Women especially have fallen for these fallacies in their quest on having what is pleasing to the taste, but low fat. The advertising industry is fooling millions of people into believing they can have the best of both worlds. Most women tend to believe that certain drinks have fewer calories then others; therefore they choose liquor and mixed drinks over beer.

People tend to exceed the recommended amount of alcohol intake, which causes weight gain. According to a random survey students generally drink the most in their freshman year of college, and the months after turning 21. This is because when they are younger it is usually their first time experiencing complete freedom, and after turning 21 it is easy to order drinks with meals, and for social purposes.

Weight gain is always a concern for women, and introducing alcohol to their diet does cause weight gain. The metabolism slows down, hunger increases, and loss of energy occurs causing lack of exercise. Drinking not only affects weight gain in women, but also increases their chances of becoming victims of sexual violence. Long-term alcohol use is also more harmful for women than men; studies show evidence of alcohol abuse causing liver and brain disease, cancer, and heart disease.

Weight gain and alcohol are closely related. Low carbohydrates, 1/3 less sugar, and all the other marketing ploys are deceiving, persuading the purchaser to believe they can drink without the weight-gaining factor. Women, weight gain, and alcohol are all connected; there is no diet that includes alcohol.


Alcohol Calorie Counts
(Source: greek-recipe.com:)

Drink: Calories:
Beer (black, 1 glass) 175
Beer (blonde, 1 glass) 125
Champaign (1 glass) 115
Dried red wine (1 glass) 95
Dried white wine (1 glass) 80
Gin (1 glass) 120
Ouzo (1 small glass) 140
Rum (1 glass) 110
Sweet red wine (1 glass) 135
Tequila (1 glass) 155
Vodka (1 glass) 170
Whiskey (1 glass) 120



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