From the June 2011 magazine.

June 2011: Alcoholism At Large

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Alcoholism and obesity linked

Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have found that a risk for alcoholism also may put individuals at risk for obesity. They also noted that the association between a family history of alcoholism and obesity risk has become more pronounced in recent years.

“Much of what we eat nowadays contains more calories than the food we ate in the 1970s and 1980s, but it also contains the sorts of calories—particularly a combination of sugar, salt and fat—that appeal to what are commonly called the...