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Alcohol a Major Calorie Contributor

As the holidays approach, a new report by the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics points out that while the focus of weight-control experts has been on calorie-rich soft drinks, the adult U.S. population overall now gets five percent of its daily calories from alcoholic beverages, compared to six percent from sugary sodas and other drinks. On any given day, roughly one in four Americans drink enough alcohol to constitute 16 percent of their total calorie intake, with 19 percent of men and 6 percent of women consuming over 300 calories in the form of alcohol. Adding 150 calories per day to one's diet, the amount in one can of beer, can add 10 pounds to one's weight over a year. Men ages 20 to 39 take in the most daily calories from alcohol (174), women over 60 the least (33).

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