I myself am a teetotaler. But a study published today suggests that middle-aged women who drink low-moderate amounts of alcohol gained less weight and were less likely to become obese than non-drinkers.
Commentary in NY Times suggests:
The link between consumption of red wine and less weight gain was particularly pronounced in the Archives study. Some studies have suggestedthat resveratrol, a compound present in grapes and red wine, appears to inhibit the development of fat cells and to have other antiobesity properties
In the weight loss journey, it is vital to find ways of reducing stress other than eating food. I recommend exercise (especially aerobic exercises, such as biking, swimming, walking/jogging/running depending on your fitness level); massage; activities with friends/family/loved ones; hobbies, etc.
What works for you to reduce stress in a healthy way?
Note, ladies: LIGHT TO MODERATE!