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Alcohol, as well as sugary drinks, adds calories to the US diet, finds study

BMJ 2012; 345 doi: (Published 21 November 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e7898
  1. Janice Hopkins Tanne
  1. 1New York

Alcoholic drinks contribute the same proportion of calories in adults’ diets as sugary drinks do in children’s, says a new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).1

On any given day, men aged 20-39 who drink alcoholic beverages consume 174 calories, more than the 150 calories in one can of sugary soda.

“As with calorically sweetened beverages, alcoholic beverages are a top contributor to caloric intake but provide few nutrients,” say the authors, reporting data from …

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