Association between alcohol calorie intake and overweight and obesity in English adults

Am J Public Health. 2014 Apr;104(4):629-31. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2013.301643. Epub 2014 Feb 13.


We investigated the contribution of alcohol-derived calories to the alcohol-obesity relation. Adult alcohol calorie intake was derived from consumption volume and drink type in the Health Survey for England 2006 (n = 8864). We calculated the odds of obesity with survey-adjusted logistic regression. Mean alcohol calorie consumption was 27% of the recommended daily calorie intake in men and 19% in women on the heaviest drinking day in the last week, with a positive association between alcohol calories and obesity. Alcohol calories may be a significant contributor to the rise in obesity.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Alcohol Drinking / epidemiology*
  • Alcoholic Beverages / statistics & numerical data
  • Beer / statistics & numerical data
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Energy Intake*
  • England / epidemiology
  • Female
  • Health Surveys
  • Humans
  • Logistic Models
  • Male
  • Obesity / epidemiology
  • Obesity / etiology*
  • Overweight / epidemiology
  • Overweight / etiology*
  • Recommended Dietary Allowances
  • Wine / statistics & numerical data