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Obesity fear over alcohol intake

The average adult in the UK is putting their health at risk by drinking an extra day's worth of calories every week through alcohol, a new study claims.

A typical person downs their way through enough lager, wine, cider, and spirits to add almost 3,000 calories to their weekly intake.

This is equivalent to 500 calories above the average male recommended daily limit of 2,500 calories, and 50% more than the advised maximum of 2,000 calories a day for women.

The figures raise further issues about the soaring rates of obesity in the UK, as an extra 3,500 calories creates around one pound of fat.

Men are downing the most calories through alcohol, just short of 200,000 calories annually, while women are consuming an extra 110,000 each year.

Mick James, protection marketing manager for Standard Life, which conducted the study, said: "These numbers paint a stark picture of how Britain is heading towards alcoholic-induced obesity.

"With clear links to the incidence of diabetes, hypertension, heart attack and other cardiovascular conditions, obesity is of growing concern to public health.

"There is also a degree of evidence to suggest obesity has actually been reversing the improvements in mortality, made as a result of improvements to medicine.

"Society seems to be making choices to shorten its life expectancy."

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