Finally a study that confirms what I always knew

Beer lovers can drink as much as they like without having to worry about developing a beer-belly, according to new research.

The UK’s Daily Mail broke the happy news to beer-lovers Sunday, claiming that scientists have proven a beer-belly is purely the result of genetics.

An eight-year study of more than 20,000 beer drinkers found that although heavy drinkers put on weight, it wasn’t necessarily around the belly.

Those who drank more than a 33 ounces a day (that’s roughly two-and-a half bottles) put on the most weight.

The study was published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition.


  1. jfulton says

    I attended a Weihenstephan course in Philly (in 2005 I believe), before the Brewer’s Conference, that made this statement also. However, their reasoning was hilarious! They compared the caloric value of beer to that of apple juice and milk, which were fairly similar. I’m thinking, “Well I don’t know any milk or apple juice binge drinkers…” except my infant son maybe, but his belly is fine.

    They went on to say that the beer belly actually comes from poor dietary decisions made by inebriated people. Hmmmm…. Jack in the Box only sounds good when I’m drunk! 😀 I think they’re on to something here, but the apple juice and milk analogy was pretty ridiculous.