This may call for a toast.


    Healthy-weight women who drink a light to
    moderate amount of alcohol -- no more than two servings a day of red
    wine, white wine, beer or liquor -- tend to gain less weight over time
    than non-drinkers, says a study in Monday's Archives of Internal Medicine.


    Researchers at Brigham and Women's Hospital in
    Boston studied the alcohol consumption of more than 19,000 women, who
    started out at healthy weights. Over an average of 13 years of
    follow-up, most women packed on pounds.


    Those who consumed a light to moderate amount of
    alcohol gained less weight and were less likely to become overweight or
    obese than women who drank no alcohol.


    "Women who drink moderate amounts of alcohol
    tend to eat less food, particularly carbohydrates," says cardiologist
    Lu Wang, lead researcher on the study and an instructor at Brigham and
    Women's Hospital.


    But a word of caution: Excessive alcohol
    consumption can be associated with serious medical and psychosocial
    problems, she says. "Women still need to eat healthy and exercise
    regularly for optimal health."


    News release courtesy of USAtoday.com.


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