Study Type

Weight Loss

Study Purpose

Weight loss is known to have beneficial effects on health. While alcohol is often consumed by many adults in the United States, the health effects associated with its use are not fully understood. The CONSUME research study will evaluate if drinking alcohol daily, while participating in a weight loss program, can affect health.

About the Study

A screening visit at Pennington Biomedical will help determine study eligibility. Participants will be required to consume meals and beverages provided by Pennington Biomedical for 8 weeks. In addition to meals, participants will be provided alcohol to be consumed daily (if assigned to alcohol group).

Study Design

Number of Visits:

  • 1 screening visit
  • 2 study visits
  • Daily visits during an 8 week period for meal pick up (weekdays only)


  • Body measurements (height, weight, etc.)
  • Blood tests
  • Questionnaires
  • Food and activity diary
  • MRI Scans (takes pictures of the fat tissue inside of the body)

Study Qualifications

To qualify for this research study, participants should:

Study Duration

Participation in this research study will last approximately 3 months.


Compensation of up to $250 is offered upon study completion. In addition, breakfast, lunch, dinner and beverages are provided at no cost for 8 weeks while enrolled in the study.

Study Contact

If you are interested in volunteering for this research study, click here to screen online, call 225-763-2656 or email

If you think you may be eligible, please click the button below to screen online.


Please do not fill out this questionnaire for anyone other than yourself unless you are their legal guardian.
If you know someone who may be interested please direct them to the site or have them call us directly at 225-763-3000.


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