We’ve all heard it before— that drinking causes a beer belly, a spare tire. So researchers had a look at whether calories from alcohol really do congregate at the midsection at a greater rate than others.
They found that that beer, wine and spirits cause more belly fat in adults who drink sporadically than in people who drink regularly but in small amounts.
A study published in The Journal of Nutrition found that those who averaged a single drink per day had the lowest levels of abdominal fat. Those who drank occasionally but had four or more drinks in one sitting had the greatest levels.
THE BOTTOM LINE is moderate drinking does not seem to increase abdominal fat. Excessive drinking might.