A new study has found that women who drink moderately at mid-life may gain less weight than those who stay away from alcohol. The study was published this week in the Archives of Internal Medicine.
Drinking alcohol is not typically recommended as a weight-loss regimen. But a team of researchers at Boston’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital found there may be a counter-intuitive connection between light drinking and weight gain among middle-aged women.
“Compared with nondrinkers, initially normal-weight women who consumed a light to moderate amount of alcohol gained less weight and had a lower risk of becoming overweight and/or obese,” according to a summary of the research.
The study looked at 19,220 healthy U.S. women aged 39 or older over about a 13 year period. They reported their drinking habits and body weight on an initial and eight annual followup questionnaires.
Archives of Internal Medicine abstract, “Alcohol Consumption, Weight Gain, and Risk of Becoming Overweight in Middle-aged and Older Women.”
March 9, 2010, HealthKey.com, “Study: Drink Up, Lose Weight?”