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    Booze calories nearly equal soda’s for US adults

    NEW YORK — Americans get too many calories from soda. But what about alcohol? It turns out adults get almost as many empty calories from booze as from soft drinks, a government study found.

    Soda and other sweetened drinks — the focus of obesity-fighting public health campaigns — are the source of about 6 percent of the calories adults consume, on average. Alcoholic beverages account for about 5 percent, the new study found.

    ‘‘We’ve been focusing on sugar-sweetened beverages. This is something new,’’ said Cynthia Ogden, one of the study’s authors.

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    The government researchers say the findings deserve attention because, like soda, alcohol contains few nutrients but plenty of calories.

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    But a liquor trade association said the findings, released Thursday, indicate there’s no big problem.

    ‘‘This research shows that the overwhelming majority of adults drink moderately,’’ Lisa Hawkins, a spokeswoman for the Distilled Spirits Council, said in a statement.

    The CDC study is based on interviews with more than 11,000 adults from 2007 through 2010.

    The study found:

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     On any given day, about one-third of men and one-fifth of women consumed calories from beer, wine, or liquor.

     Averaged out to all adults, the average guy drinks 150 calories from alcohol each day, or the equivalent of a can of Budweiser.

     The average woman drinks about 50 calories, or roughly half a glass of wine.

    Associated Press