HEALTH Associated Press The first rule of drinking on a diet is: Don't. Surely you've heard that Americans get way too many calories - and nutritionally empty calories at that - from alcohol.

Drinking on a diet? Calories add up fast

In This Photo Taken Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012, Is A Gin Martini Cocktail Near A Bowl Of Fresh Ingredients In The Starlight Room Of The Sir Francis Drake Hotel In San Francisco. The First Rule Of Drinking On A Diet Is, Don't. Surely You Saw The Recent Study That Found That Americans Were Getting Almost As Many Empty Calories From Alcohol As From Soft Drinks. The Second Rule Of Drinking On A Diet Is That Since You Probably Will Ignore Rule No. 1, Find A Way To Enjoy Alcohol Without Letting It Swamp Your Healthy Intentions. (Ap Photo/Eric Risberg)
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