Is alcohol a risk-factor for obesity?

This question is really two conflated questions: [1] is ethanol (i.e. the active ingredient in all alcoholic beverages) a risk-factor for obesity, and; [2] are alcoholic beverages themselves a risk factor for obesity. There’s a third, related question: [3] does consuming food with either of these (ethanol or beverages) alter the risk for obesity. Let’s

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Sherbets and Shrubs

A sherbet was a cold, sweet, non-alcoholic and refreshing drink that originated in the Middle East. The name derives from the Arab word for a drink – sharâb. However, later this word came to mean an alcoholic drink, and the word sharbât was used for the non-alcoholic version (‘to drink’, rather than ‘a drink’). The word evolved into serbet (in

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