Let's be temperate about temperance. Alcohol as a moral problem. But alcohol as a food, or at least as an article of diet, is a big subject to the weight reducer.
It must be conceded that a great many alcoholics are spindling and cadaverous. They get that way because they use alcohol instead of food. Normal persons, to whom drink is only an occasional accessory to food, must look upon alcohol as a potential builder of corpulence.
Alcohol is funny stuff, as the night-clubber said when he found two wives waiting up for him. It provides plenty of calories and burns with a lovely light, especially on plum pudding. It burns within you with the same intensity—at the rate of 7 calories per gram, nearly twice the output of protein or carbohydrate and within a couple of calories of the high-heat level of fats.