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US Adults Add 100 Calories to Their Diet by Consuming Alcohol

Update Date: Nov 15, 2012 06:58 AM EST

According to a recent survey conducted, it was found that adults in the U.S. add approximately 100 calories to their daily diet owing to the amount of alcohol they consume a day.

A government study has found that adults in the U.S. get just as much empty calories from the amount of alcohol they consume as they get from the consumption of soda on a daily basis. According to the study, it was found that they add approximately 100 calories to their daily diet owing to the amount of alcohol they consume a day.

Soda and other cold drinks that people consume is said to account for 6 percent of the calories a person in the U.S. consumes daily. The findings of this study state that the consumption of alcohol by an American adult accounts for 5 percent of the daily amount of calorie intake.

"We've been focusing on sugar-sweetened beverages. This is something new," said Cynthia Ogden, one of the study's authors. She is an epidemiologist with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which released its findings Thursday.

The study was based on interviews with more than 11,000 adults from 2007 through 2010, and the government has stated that people should pay special attention to these findings since like soda, alcoholic drinks have very little nutritional value but contain a great number of calories.

A thorough analysis during the study also found that:

-          Men in the U.S. consume approximately 150 calories in the form of alcohol on a daily basis, which is also equivalent to a can of Budweiser.

-          Women in the U.S. drink an average of 50 calories of alcohol daily, which is equivalent to half a glass of wine.

-          While beer seems to be a common favorite of men, there is no clear evidence of which alcoholic drink is popular with women.

Federal dietary guidelines state that if a person wants to drink, he or she should do so in moderate amounts - which, according to the guidelines, is one glass for women and two for men.

However, through this study, researchers have found that while most of the population abide by these guidelines, 19 percent of men and 12 percent of women exceed the amount of alcohol they should consume in a day.

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