The role of alcohol in weight control is still controversial. Although alcohol, containing 7 kcal/g, has the highest energy density after fat, it is still unclear whether alcohol intake is of importance in body weight regulation. Alcohol may either be added to the diet or substitute for other energy containing food components. Whereas alcoholics who are lean have often experienced the wasting long-term consequences of high alcohol intake with anorexia, vomiting etc., other alcohol consumers experience an appetite enhancing effect of alcohol.
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