Washington: Sodas and sugar-sweetened beverages aren’t the only drinks contributing calories to people’s diets, as alcohol accounts for about 5 percent of adults’ caloric intake, a new study has revealed.Sugary drinks, often the target of public health campaigns and an upcoming New York City law, account for about 6 percent of adults’ calories.“We’ve been focusing on sugar-sweetened beverages. This is something new,” CBS News quoted one of the study’s authors Cynthia Ogden, an epidemiologist with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as saying.The government researchers said that the findings deserve attention because, like soda, alcohol contains few nutrients but plenty of calories.The CDC study is based on interviews with more than 11,000 US adults from 2007 through 2010.Participants were asked extensive questions about what they ate and drank over the previous 24 hours.The study found that the US adult population consumes an average of almost 100 calories per day from alcoholic beverages, with men consuming more than women.
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