Alcohol and weight loss

Q: What is the story about drinking alcohol and trying to lose weight? I’ve heard that one glass of wine or one mixed drink will wipe out a whole week’s worth of faithful dieting. Is this true?

A: Relax and have a drink if you want. One drink is not going to pack on the pounds or keep those extra ones sticking around. In fact, drinking moderate amounts of alcohol – about two drinks a day for men and one for most women — probably won’t affect your waistline, although it could lead to other health problems.

Still, you can’t ignore the calories that most of us consume while drinking, especially the high-fat ones (from peanuts or potato chips, for instance). So if you are indulging, keep it to a minimum, munch on low-fat, low-cal snacks and adjust your food intake accordingly.

Here are some average calorie counts for popular drinks:

Beer 12 oz. can 146 calories
Beer, light 12 oz. can 99 calories
Gin & tonic 4 oz. drink 91 calories
Pina colada 4.5 oz. drink 262 calories
Wine 3.5 oz. glass 72 calories

Aside from alcohol’s effect on the bathroom scale, keep in mind that there are adverse effects that may result from drinking alcohol, including possibly increasing a woman’s risk of breast cancer.

What you have in your mind?