North East women are fat because they drink too much, says report

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MORE obese women in the region blame booze for them piling on the pounds than anywhere else in the country, according to a new report.

Twenty-eight per cent of women in the North East blamed the calorific content of alcohol for their weight issues.

The results showed the same figures as the West Midlands, putting the two areas at the top of Britain’s table.

A pan-European study of 8,500 overweight men and women also found Great Britain and the Republic of Ireland top the table of European countries whose citizens blame alcohol for their weight gain.

Twenty-three per cent of people from Great Britain blamed excess weight on booze, with this figure rising to 30 per cent in men, according to a survey by weight loss aid Alli.

Government guidelines recommend that women should not regularly exceed two to three units of alcohol daily, with three to four units for men.

A pint of bitter has as many calories as a medium slice of pizza, and a standard size bottle of alcopop is the same as as 100g of cookies, the report warned.