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Focus on link between alcohol and obesity

Alcohol Focus Chief Executive Alison Douglas highlighted the links between alcohol and obesity at the recent Gathering2018 event.

She joined a debate hosted by Voluntary Health Scotland (VHS) which looked at obesity and actions on how to tackle the issue.

Alison told the audience she was delighted VHS had joined the dots between alcohol and obesity.

She pointed out the calorie intake of a glass of wine was similar to eating a doughnut and asked: “How many of us would go out and eat three doughnuts on a night out?”

Alison said the average wine drinker was consuming 2,000 calories per month and that in drinking adults, 8.5% of their calorie intake is through alcohol.

She called for more action on highlighting the links between alcohol and obesity.

Joining Alison in the debate were NHS Tayside Director of Public Health, Dr Drew Walker, who is also a board member of AFS, Bella Crowe of Nourish and Dr Anna Gryka of Obesity Action Scotland.