More than alcohol, the binge eating it inspires after crossing the limit, is the major reason for adding to the weight woes, say dietitians. Excess alcohol makes the person crave for high calorie, spicy food, tossing the inhibitions, careful watch people otherwise maintain with regard to food in general and with regard to choice of food, as per experts.
Excess alcohol pushes person to opt more for food like chips, burgers, kababs etc. While the alcohol itself, about three to four drinks adds in excess of 6000 calories, the food taken during or after adds lot more to the calorie count, resulting in about a kilo weight addition to the person within the weekend.
“Alcohol stimulates appetite, makes us want to eat more unhealthy foods and lowers our inhibitions, all of which can lead to us making unhealthy choices – without even realising how many more calories we’re consuming. It also makes us feel hungrier and weakens our resolve to make healthy choices. Making people more aware of this will give them the information they need to take personal responsibility for their weight,” said Dr. Lavine, a British nutrition scientist.
Added to this, majority of persons who have had more than their limit the previous night would cancel their exercise next morning, nursing their hangover, preferring to oversleep, watch TV etc, resulting excess calories settling on the body as fat.
The limit, or the “tipping point” is 10.5 units of alcohol for men and 8 for women, with one unit meaning 10 ml. For beers, three bottles of 650 ml. each and about three large glasses for wine. While this is the danger limit, the optimum, or recommendation is that men take not more than three to four units per day and women not more than two to three units, with at least two, preferably three drink free days per week.