• Beer does not contain fat or cholesterol and is low in free sugars. The calories in beer come largely from the alcohol content. 
  • The term "beer belly" is associated with obesity in beer drinkers in several parts of Europe. This may not be due to the beer but to a confounder. In other words, some beer drinkers may have a less healthy lifestyle. 
  • It has been shown that generally teetotallers have a tendency to be fatter than people who drink alcoholic drinks. 
  • Several studies have observed that when moderate drinkers are compared to non-drinkers females have a lower average weight and males similar average weight. This is found despite the fact that their calorie intake is greater (calories from diet and alcoholic drink). Why this should be the case is still a matter of debate. 
  • Research also points to less efficient utilisation of the energy contained in alcoholic drinks. 
  • Beer provides calories in similar quantities to soft drinks. 
  • Drinking beer does not make you fat, provided that is part of a balanced diet and consumed in moderation with meals.