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An interesting revelation about alcohol and weight gain

Prima logo Prima 31/05/2017 Joely Walker

An interesting revelation about alcohol and weight gain © Chris Cross / Getty An interesting revelation about alcohol and weight gain New light has been shed on the relationship between alcohol and weight gain, and now we don't know whether to be happy or sad about it.

New research conducted by Eric Rimm, a Harvard professor of epidemiology and nutrition, reveals that the impact of alcohol on decision-making is actually the main culprit of disrupting diets, as opposed to the calorie content. So basically; we get drunk, we make bad decisions.

We've all been there. It's Friday night; you're three drinks down and instead of ordering the Sea bass, you say 's**** it' and get a burger, fries and chocolate cake. You wake up the next morning feeling groggy and the last thing on your mind is porridge with almond milk. Nope, you want a delicious stack of pancakes doused in maple syrup or a bad boy fry up. And you deserve it, you've had a long week.

So, is it good news that adding in that extra glass of Merlot isn't as detrimental to our waistlines as we initially believed (not that we gave it that much thought tbh). Or is this actually terrible because it means that derailed decision-making (and subsequent pizza munching) is unavoidable as soon as we've had a sip of our favourite tipple?

We're positive people, so we're going to go with the former. (Whilst remembering that there is a fairly high sugar content and roughly 120 calories per small glass, so we're not completely off the hook). After all, a little bit of what you fancy is good for the soul.

Related: The world’s drunkest countries (Provided by Lovefood)

The world’s drunkest countries: Many countries drink comparatively little alcohol, usually because of religious or cultural beliefs, but to other nations boozing is not only a recreational activity, it’s a way of life. Here are the top 20 drunkest nations, according to the most recent figures from 2012 and 2013 from the World Health Organization (WHO), based on alcohol consumed per person per country. The world’s drunkest countries

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