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Graphic: This Is How Booze Causes Weight Gain


Alcohol causes weight gain in more ways than one. Warning: this infographic may contain painful truths.

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Most of us are already aware of the fact that alcohol is no friend to the waistline. But there’s more bad news: drinking contributes to weight gain in more than one way. Not only is it high in empty calories, but drinking also slows down your metabolism, stimulating hunger and leading to poor food choices.

The average adult drinker consumes 10% of their daily calories in alcohol, according to this infographic by personal trainer Lucas James. It lays out the facts on alcohol and weight gain—from how alcohol is metabolized to just how many calories are in your favorite boozy beverages (Warning: may contain painful truths). For example, a pint of beer has around the same number of calories as a slice of pizza, and a glass of wine contains about equivalent calories to a piece of cake.

But no need to give up hope (or drinking) entirely! For those looking to stay fit while keeping your buzz on, the graphic also includes pointers on how to cut down on calories without cutting out booze completely. Tips include stick to red wine or vodka sodas (easy), and moderation (a bit harder).