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Does drinking alcohol cause an increase in weight gain?
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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics
9 doctors agree
In brief: Depends
Alcohol has a carbohydrate effect & stimulates Insulin release which depresses blood sugar and stimulates hunger. Insulin release also turns off breakdown of fat as a backup energy source in the body.
Over time this can lead to increased intake, quick deposition of energy as fat stores and eventual weight gain. The skinny alcoholic exists because they seldom spend money on food.

In brief: Depends
Alcohol has a carbohydrate effect & stimulates Insulin release which depresses blood sugar and stimulates hunger. Insulin release also turns off breakdown of fat as a backup energy source in the body.
Over time this can lead to increased intake, quick deposition of energy as fat stores and eventual weight gain. The skinny alcoholic exists because they seldom spend money on food.
Dr. James Ferguson
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Dr. John Benson
This is very keen insight reflecting a deep understanding of hormonal and metabolic impact of alcohol on weight, intake, satiety. Bravo.
Dr. John Benson
Psychiatry
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Yes, in several ways
Alcoholics, especially late stage ones, can look emaciated with muscle wasting but alcohol causes overwt and metabolic/nutirional problems commonly.
1) empty calories 2)poorer foods are chosen, bad diet 3) severe nutritional deficiencies contribute to brain, nerve and liver issues 4) alc is a direct toxic poison to many tissues, incl liver leading to poor absorption +"use" of nutrients. Exercise -.

In brief: Yes, in several ways
Alcoholics, especially late stage ones, can look emaciated with muscle wasting but alcohol causes overwt and metabolic/nutirional problems commonly.
1) empty calories 2)poorer foods are chosen, bad diet 3) severe nutritional deficiencies contribute to brain, nerve and liver issues 4) alc is a direct toxic poison to many tissues, incl liver leading to poor absorption +"use" of nutrients. Exercise -.
Dr. John Benson
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Dr. Sunil Prof. Wimalawansa
Alcohol = exra calories; So, not serprising that it can add to weight gain taken together with other energy -dense food. However, a significant proportion of who take excess alcohol are also malnurished due to imbalanced nutrient diets; a double disaster!
Dr. Evelyn Hurvitz
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Yes
Alcohol generally contains a significant number of calories per drink.
It is better not to "drink your calories.".

In brief: Yes
Alcohol generally contains a significant number of calories per drink.
It is better not to "drink your calories.".
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