In terms of which drinks are best for healthy weightloss, try and avoid sugary cocktails and craft beers.
White wine typically contains fewer carbohydrates than red wine. However, red wine contains more antioxidants. According to a 2014 study in theJournal of Nutritional Biochemistry, ellagic acid modulates lipid accumulation.
In English, that means that red wine can delay the growth of fat cells and slow their development.
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Vermouth and other fortified wines tend to have a higher alcohol and lower calorie content, as well as containing polyphenol compounds. A 2004 study suggested that these could actually promote weight loss.
Of course, the cliched choice for the weight conscious is the straight spirit. Ditch the flavoured vodkas or spiced rums, however, and opt for the plainer, less sweet liquors. Mixing them with low calorie tonics or soda water can help them go down more smoothly.
Beer, while traditionally associated with the growth of a gut, occasionally come in 'light' versions that contain far fewer calories.
Second, there's excessive drinking, which can lead to harmful weight loss.
Consuming massive quantities of alcohol can actually trick your body into thinking it's full, which triggers a huge increase in stomach acid.
This can also escalate into a serious issue - those known as 'drunkorexics' swap food for binge drinking in order to fill their stomachs, which has potentially life-threatening consequences for your health.
Thirdly, there's death by drinking.
Cirrhosis of the liver can kill you. Dead people tend not to gain weight...