Monday, December 05, 2005

Does Drinking Make you Skinny?

A friend just sent me an article stating that drinking moderately is associated with a lower risk of obesity.

The newsfeeds are of course all over it, even so far as to suggest that if you need to lose weight, you should consider NOT giving up alcohol.

That's just news-spin hogwash.

If you actually take the time to read the article you'll see that the "moderate" drinkers are also better educated, rate themselves as healthier and have higher incomes than the non or heavy drinkers. That probably means that they've got better access to health care, take better care of themselves and as my friend pointed out, if they are able to moderately consume alcohol, they can probably also moderately consume foods.