4) It can pack on pounds
Even the strongest physiques can look flabby if covered in a layer of fat. And drinking regularly is one of the fastest paths to weight gain. Alcohol packs 7 calories per gram, or roughly 100 to 165 calories in a serving—and that’s not counting sugary mixers.
“It can also loosen up your inhibitions and stimulate your appetite, which encourages overeating,” says Sharon Richter, R.D., a dietitian in New York City. According to research from the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, men consumed 168 more calories on the days they had a drink than when they didn’t. Although that doesn’t sound like much, it can add up: Having a glass of wine or beer with dinner three days of the week, and you’ll wind up nearly eight pounds heavier at the end of the year.
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