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If we have a choice between packing on another 15 pounds of body weight or having to GIVE-UP our favorite cocktail, beer, or booze. The answer is as easy as loosening my belt on Thanksgiving day.

Hand me that extra 15 pounds I'll wear it in style. However, if we are to gain more all bets are off according to the latest study. While we Texans love our beer, wine, and whiskey How much weight we gain is up for debate.

Now, across the United States, that's a different story. Like Rhode Islanders are willing to gain an extra 28 lbs. But the interesting part of this whole study is that most of us believe that ‘booze calories’ are way different from regular food calories.

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Get ready, the real truth is that the booze calories are "exactly" as the food calories and both are just as difficult to lose. Here's the craziest part of this study. The fact that one single beer contains almost the same amount of calories as a large slice of thick crust pepperoni pizza.

Since the pandemic began Texans took it easy on going out to eat, drink and be merry. However, now that most of the restrictions are down we are going out drinking with friends again, and after a night of knocking a few back. We stop by one of those "open late drive-thru not healthy for you, restaurants."

So the reality is that we are gaining weight. How much weight we are prepared to gain is contingent on how much drinking alcohol we want to do. the saddest discovery is that the average drinker is willing to give up three years of their life to keep on drinking.

The study by DrugAbuse.comAlcohol.org, and the National Library of Medicine.gov revealed that Texans' love for booze is so deep that the average drinker in the Lone Star State is content to gain 15 pounds in order to continue drinking. Finally, two-thirds of those surveyed believe fast food is worse than alcohol.

The only thing I haven't been able to figure out is how to keep the ice from flying out of my cocktail glass when I'm jogging. Cheer's y'all.

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Source: DrugAbuse.com & National Library of Medicine.gov

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