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how does alcohol affect your body weight?

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Dr. David Wyatt
25 years experience Family Medicine
Gain usually: Alcohol is broken down into carbohydrates - with little to no true nutritional value- ie: not a fat or protein, or fruit or vegetable with vitamins. While a small glass of alcohol daily has shown benefit with the mediterranean diet, more than that daily is just extra calories.
Answered on Jan 8, 2015
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Dr. Susan Wingo
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32 years experience Endocrinology
Alcohol can also loosen inhibitions, and cause someone to eat more than they had intended, leading to weight gain.
Nov 23, 2011
Dr. Patrice Taylor
30 years experience Addiction Medicine
Two ways: Immediately after.... Your weight drops because its a diuretic . Long term it adds pounds because most are high in calories. But a long term alcoholic is frequently thin because that don't eat, only drink, and their liver is not functioning.
Answered on Mar 23, 2014
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