NEW YORK -- Americans get too many calories from soda. But what about alcohol? It turns out adults get almost as many empty calories from booze as from soft drinks, a government study found.
Soda and other sweetened drinks -- the focus of obesity-fighting public health campaigns -- are the source of about 6 percent of the calories adults consume, on average. Alcoholic beverages account for about 5 percent, the new study found.
"We've been focusing on sugar-sweetened beverages. This is something new," said Cynthia Ogden, one of the study's authors.
She's an epidemiologist with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention which released its findings today.
The government researchers say the findings deserve attention because, like soda, alcohol contains few nutrients but plenty of calories.
The study is based on interviews with more than 11,000 U.S. adults from 2007 through 2010. Participants were asked extensive questions about what they ate and drank over the previous 24 hours.
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