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Does drinking wine cause weight gain?

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It has not been proven that alcohol causes any significant weight gain in men, and in fact, it usually causes a small amount of weight loss in women, notes Professor David Hanson from the State University of New York. Because alcohol has caloric value, many laypeople and medical professionals tend to believe the long-standing myth that consuming alcohol causes significant weight gain. However, statistics worldwide suggest otherwise.

Research suggests that despite its high caloric content, alcohol increases metabolism to significant degrees, causing more calories to be lost than stored in the body as fat. The medical studies done on this topic are highly extensive. One study in particular involved 140,000 people, notes Hanson.

The number of calories in a glass of red wine is 125, while 120 calories can be found in a glass of white. In spite of this, the number of grams of fat in both red and white wine is .000, indicating that any significant weight gain is not related to consumption of this particular alcoholic beverage. Moderate consumption of alcohol has been found to decrease health risks and increase life expectancy. Compare this with studies done on those who drink heavily; the latter is associated with serious medical conditions, including cirrhosis of the liver and breast cancer, according to Hanson.

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