Drink Thin - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

6/12/06

Drink Thin

If you missed it, a Texas Tech professor is featured in a recent Men's Health Magazine. The headline on the article is an attention getter, it simply says drink yourself thin.

The study at Texas Tech looked at more than eight thousand people and determined that regular moderate drinkers were less likely to have a weight problem than teetotalers. But the key is moderate drinking. The study author, Dr. Ahmed Arif, says all belts are off if you drink more than moderately.

"What we found was that those who drink or are light to moderate drinkers as in drink one or two drinks a day frequently are more likely to lose weight. But its also important to know that those who drink heavily which is described as drinking four or more drinks a day or engage in binge drinking are more likely to be obese," said Dr. Ahmed Arif.

He also says it's important to remember this study is not an invitation to start drinking to lose weight only that alcohol in moderation may be more helpful than previously thought.

Moderation means no more than 12 ounces of beer, or 4 ounces of wine or 1 ounce of liquor a day.

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