Obesity/alcohol link

Alcohol link to issues with diet and increase in 

obesity levels in the UK.

You can hardly blame anyone who has spent the last 6 months negotiating the countless dips and bends of the Coronacoaster for taking some solace in a glass of wine or bottle of beer at the end of the day. 

As experts begin to understand the nuances of the pandemic, and how it can affect people differently due to their lifestyle choices, one area where many (if not all) experts agree is that obesity and being overweight puts people at greater risk of severe complications from Covid-19. 

Worryingly for those that do like to unwind with a beer, or glass or two of wine, is that a survey of 26 million people found that those having a single tipple are up to 25% more likely to be obese. 

Although health chiefs agree that ‘one a day’ is safe and permit up to 14 units a week, spread out over the 7 days, latest studies suggests even this level of drinking, described as 'light' by South Korean researchers, can lead to health problems including obesity, high blood pressure and diabetes. 

Drinking more than one glass of wine, pint of full strength beer, or premium lager, raised odds of obesity to over 40% for men. We have known for many years that regular drinking cuases weight gain. It can also contribute to poor diet, snacking, poor or interrupted sleep - all of which have their knock-on effects to an individuals health and wellbeing.  


British men and women are women advised by the South Korean researchers not to exceed two units each day, the equivalent of one typical drink - a pint of low-strength beer, a 330ml bottle, a standard (175ml) glass of wine or two shots of spirit. 

The highest risk of obesity was seen in men who drank more than two drinks or 24g alcohol per day, with 34 per cent higher odds of obesity. Similar trends were identified in women. An average of 7.1-14g of alcohol a day raised the risk of obesity by nine per cent. 

Women who supped on average 14.1 to 24g of alcohol a day were 22 and 18 per cent more likely to develop obesity and metabolic syndrome, respectively.  

Other factors, other thank alcohol intake include people's ages, exercise levels, smoking history and income.