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Heavy Drinking Leads to Poor Diet Choices
A new study found that the more people drink, the poorer dietary choices they make. Kenneth R. Warren, acting director of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), and other researchers from the National Cancer Institute and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, studied more than 15,000 adults in the U.S.
Heavy drinking and dietary factors have independently been associated with chronic health problems such as cancer and cardiovascular disease. The researchers’ new finding raises questions about whether the combination of alcohol abuse and poor eating habits can further increase health risks, said Warren.
The study, published in April in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association that heavy drinkers—both women and men—ate less fruit and consumed more calories. Men who drank heavily also ate fewer whole grains and drank less milk.
First author Rosaline A. Breslow of the NIAA said that they found that as drinking increased, Healthy Eating Index scores decreased, which indicates poor dietary choices. She also noted that their study didn’t determine the cause of these associations.
Source: United Press International, More Drinking of Alcohol, Worse Diet, March 25, 2010.