Is it true? Technically, but it may not be recommended.
According to The Daily Mail, Harvard University studied 20,000 women over 14 years. They drank a half a bottle of wine a day. Researchers found the women who drank had a 70 percent reduced risk of obesity compared to non-drinkers.
The National Institute for Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism also agreed, saying “when alcohol is substituted for carbohydrates, calorie for calorie, subjects tend to lose weight, indicating that they derive less energy from alcohol than food,” The Daily Mail reported.
Of course moderation is key. According to the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, moderate alcohol consumption is defined as having up to 1 drink per day for women and up to 2 drinks per day for men.
A half a bottle of wine is equal to about 2 and a half glasses. That means men and women would have to drink more than what’s considered “healthy.”