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Alcohol in the Treatment of Obesity

This study has been terminated.
(Unable to recruit subjects)
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
First Posted: January 15, 2008
Last Update Posted: July 25, 2013
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Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Duke University
This pilot study looks at the relationship of moderate alcohol consumption on weight loss.

Condition Intervention
Obesity, Weight Loss, Alcohol Drinking Other: white wine

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Official Title: Alcohol in the Treatment of Obesity

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Further study details as provided by Duke University:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • An outcome measure for the study is an increase weight loss or no change in the wine group of .05% over the 4 weeks of the study [ Time Frame: 4 weeks ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Participants will also be asked to complete a visual satiety scale each day before and after lunch and dinner. [ Time Frame: 4 weeks ]

Enrollment: 18
Study Start Date: April 2007
Study Completion Date: July 2008
Primary Completion Date: July 2008 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: 1
This group will receive 3.25 ounces of white wine with lunch and dinner
Other: white wine
3.25 ounces of white wine twice a day with lunch and dinner
No Intervention: 2
This group receives the same amount of calories as the experimental group

Detailed Description:
We hypothesize that individuals who consume a moderate amount of alcohol, such as a glass or two of wine daily, will lose more during a weight-reduction program than will those who do not, if equal calories are administered to both groups. The purpose of this pilot study is to look at the relationship of alcohol in weight loss. The current standard in weight loss programs is to eliminate alcohol from the diet. We propose to enroll 50 females enrolled at the Structure House residential diet program in Durham, North Carolina. Half or the subjects will receive 150 calories in the form of white wine, 3.5 ounce with lunch and 3.5 ounces with dinner. The other half of the subjects wil receive their 150 calories in their regular diet. All participants are asked not to consume any additional alcohol. Participants will be weighed daily. The study lasts four weeks.

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Ages Eligible for Study:   21 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   Female
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Age >21, female, BMI ≥ 30, no history of substance abuse, prior alcohol use of at least one drink/week; Exclusion:
  • pregnancy, breast feeding, previous history of alcohol abuse, liver disease.
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT00594074

United States, North Carolina
Structure House, LLC
Durham, North Carolina, United States, 27705
Sponsors and Collaborators
Duke University
Principal Investigator: Richard S Surwit, Ph.D., ABPP, Duke University
  More Information

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Responsible Party: Duke University
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00594074     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: Pro00008809
7638 ( Other Identifier: DUMC )
First Submitted: January 4, 2008
First Posted: January 15, 2008
Last Update Posted: July 25, 2013
Last Verified: July 2013

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Weight Loss
Alcohol Drinking
Nutrition Disorders
Body Weight
Signs and Symptoms
Body Weight Changes
Drinking Behavior