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The effect of alcohol on resting metabolic rate

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  09 March 2007

Kathryn Rosenberg
Institute of Physiology, University of Glasgow, Glasgow G12 8QQ, Scotland
J. V. G. A. Durnin
Institute of Physiology, University of Glasgow, Glasgow G12 8QQ, Scotland
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1. There was a significant increase in oxygen consumption in ten women after small intakes of alcohol.

2. No significant difference was found between the average increase in metabolic rate over 3 h after an isoenergetic meal of food or of food plus alcohol. However, during the last half of the 3 h postprandial period, the increased O2 consumption was significantly greater after the meal including alcohol.

3. Possible explanations for the contradictory results in the literature are discussed.

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