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5 shocking facts about drinking

By: Good Magazine on Dec. 31, 2010, 2:05 p.m.
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Irregular heavy drinkers weigh the most

Unlike the previous study, this one from the American Journal of Epidemiology looked at the relationship between alcohol and Body Mass Index in both men and women. It concluded that drinking patterns — more than overall amounts — played the biggest role when it came to body weight. Those who drank a little bit (as in one glass) the most frequently (every day) were the leanest over all. Those who drank the least frequently but in the largest quantities, i.e. very occasional binge drinkers, were the heaviest.

Have you noticed any patterns between drinking and weight?