Alcohol consumption may help women avoid weight gain

Go ahead, ladies. Have a glass of wine or a beer. It may help you maintain your weight.

A study in the current issue of the Archives of Internal Medicine by Harvard University researchers found that women who drank moderate amounts of alcohol gained less weight and were less likely to become overweight or obese than those who abstained from drinking.


The researchers tracked 19,220 women aged 39 or older for nearly 13 years. The women had body mass indexes in the normal range at the start of the study and their alcohol consumption was obtained through baseline questionnaires. Subsequent weight and drinking were self reported in eight follow-up questionnaires.

The researchers found that 7,942 women became overweight and 732 became obese. After adjusting for age, smoking, physical activity and other factors, the researchers concluded that those who consumed “light to moderate amount of alcohol gained less weight and had a lower risk of becoming overweight.”