Giving up alcohol is a small change that can be achievable for some people, making it easier to cut calories and lose weight. The exact amount of weight loss eliminating alcoholic beverages will bring about — and how quickly — will depend upon a number of factors, including your overall dietary intake and how much you’re exercising.
Alcohol and Body Weight
The research on whether alcohol increases the risk for weight gain is conflicting, but a review article published in Current Obesity Reports in 2015 notes that it may be a risk factor, at least in some people, such as heavy drinkers. Another review article published