American Adults Getting Substantial Calories from Alcohol, Researchers Report

The National Center for Health Statistics reported late last year that on average American adults drink in 100 calories daily from beer, wine and other alcoholic beverages.

The National Center for Health Statistics reported late last year that on average American adults drink in 100 calories daily from beer, wine and other alcoholic beverages.

Men ages 20 to 39 consume the most alcohol, about 175 calories per day, while women in the same age group consume about 60 calories daily. The study also pointed out that almost 20 percent of men and 6 percent of women consume more than 300 calories daily from alcohol.

The report looked at alcohol consumption of U.S. adults ages 20 and up, using data from national surveys conducted between 2007 and 2010. When participants were asked how much alcohol they had consumed in the previous 24 hours, 33 percent of men and 18 percent of women reported consuming alcohol on any given day.

"It is certainly not a good health strategy to have alcohol calories constituting a significant percentage of total calorie consumption. This is especially true for women and those dieting who would be better off avoiding all alcoholic beverages until their weight goals are met or at most limiting alcohol to one drink no more than two days a week," say boomer generation health experts Dian Griesel, Ph.D., and Tom Griesel, authors of the books TurboCharged: Accelerate Your Fat Burning Metabolism, Get Lean Fast and Leave Diet and Exercise Rules in the Dust (April 2011, BSH) and The TurboCharged Mind (January 2012, BSH).

"There's been plenty of focus on sugar-sweetened beverages and their potential link to the obesity epidemic," adds Tom. "However, people seem to forget the number of empty calories in their alcoholic beverage of choice. Although some studies have found health benefits from daily alcohol consumption such as a decreased risk of heart attack and stroke, current dietary guidelines recommend that alcohol is consumed in moderation. This means no more than one daily drink for women and two for men."

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