Obese blame the booze for calories

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More than a quarter of obese men and women in Yorkshire have blamed alcohol for their obesity, a survey has claimed.

Research carried out by weight loss aid alli concluded that 26% of obese men, and 26% of obese women, in the region blamed the calorific content of alcoholic drinks.

A pan-European survey of 8,500 overweight men and women conducted by alli found that Great Britain and the Republic of Ireland top the table of European countries who attribute their weight gain to alcohol.

Nearly a quarter (23%) of people from Great Britain blamed their excess weight on alcohol, with this figure rising to almost a third (30%) in men.

Government guidelines recommend that women should not regularly exceed 2-3 units daily and that men should not regularly exceed 3-4 units daily.

With a pint of bitter the same as a medium slice of pizza, the calories in alcohol soon add up, warned alli.