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5 shocking facts about drinking

By: Good Magazine on Dec. 31, 2010, 2:05 p.m.
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Steady moderate drinking keeps you thin

Anybody who’s ever been on a diet knows that alcohol comes with a heavy calorie count. How is it then that moderate drinkers are thinner than non-drinkers? A study from Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston that tracked 20,000 women aged 30 and over for more than a decade found that the moderate drinkers (especially those who drank red wine), were much less likely to gain weight than the non-drinkers. In fact, the non-drinkers gained the most weight of all the women. But before you get too excited…