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Someone told me that drinking beer will increase the size of our belly. Is it true? Since I don’t drink beer, I don’t have any idea about that.

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Are you referring to the size of the stomach or the excess fat around the waist area? –  slybloty Jan 29 at 18:00
    
@slybloty I'm referring to the size of the stomach –  Sathiya Kumar Jan 29 at 18:09
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If that's the case, then any over consumption of anything (food especially) will cause the size of the stomach to increase in order to adapt to the large amounts ingurgitated. –  slybloty Jan 29 at 18:15
    
@slybloty Thanks for the comment. –  Sathiya Kumar Jan 29 at 18:24
    
The current theory is that its not the beer itself, but -- together with the lifestyle of drinking much beer -- that you often eat more while drinking beer. –  PlasmaHH Feb 5 at 12:23

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Most beer has a lot of calories. Just like any other calorie intake, if you consume more than you burn, you will gain weight.

So, yes, drinking "too much" beer will "increase the size of belly". What "too much" means, however, is dependent on your other habits.

The typical "(beer | pot) (belly | gut)" is usually "Abdominal Obesity" which, by definition, means obesity in the abdominal area specifically, i.e. the belly.

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You'd need a lot of beers to have a significant impact. There's more of an impact with what you eat when drinking. –  Little Big Bot Jan 29 at 17:42
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Meh, sort of. I think that's part of it, but there are a lot of beers that have a fairly high calorie count - craft beers especially. It's really easy to get caught in the "But it's just liquid" trap. simplybeer.com gives you a handy table for estimating calories per beer: simplybeer.com/how-many-calories-are-in-my-beer . As you can see, a 6% or 7% beer can easily have 200 calories. –  Ryan Kinal Jan 29 at 17:50
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Not true about needing a lot of beers. Just a couple of beers a day @150 calories each can have you putting on 2.6lb/1.3 kilo extra per month. In a year that's 35lb/14 kilos. (3500 kcal in 1 lb fat.) –  mdma Jan 29 at 19:22
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It should be noted that the very Wikipedia page being linked to says, "A study has shown that alcohol consumption is directly associated with waist circumference and with a higher risk of abdominal obesity in men, but not in women, in the present population." –  cHao Jan 29 at 19:48
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skeptics.stackexchange.com/questions/10853/… has another perspective. –  user505255 Jan 30 at 0:44

A beer belly comes not so much from beer and the frequent drinking of it as it does with the food that is typically associated with beer (for example, burgers, pizza, etc... very high in calories).

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And from lack of exercise. Not a lot of drunk joggers out there. –  mikeY Jan 29 at 20:27
    
@mike I think being drunk is pretty much the only way you'd get me to go jogging. –  mikeTheLiar Jan 29 at 20:30
    
@mikeTheLiar Right there with you, brother. –  mikeY Jan 29 at 20:36
    
Joggers usually drink when they have finished jogging. Not before! And those drinkers who jog do it usually before drinking. –  user150 Jan 29 at 22:14

Well, yes, beer has some calories, according to http://www.webmd.com/diet/features/the-truth-about-beer-and-your-belly:

A typical beer has 150 calories – and if you down several in one sitting, you can end up with serious calorie overload.

but read further

Alcohol can increase your appetite. Further, when you're drinking beer at a bar or party, the food on hand is often fattening fare like pizza, wings, and other fried foods

I've heard from a lot of people that beer increases appetite more that other alcoholic drinks, and in fact beer pairs very well with such calorie rich food as pig knuckle, or similar... as well as pizza, chips etc.

If you compare calories in beer and pig knuckle you'll see what is more likely to cause obesity.

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A Pilsner style or other light blond beer makes an excellent aperitif. I really stimulates the appetite. And it does not spoil your taste as other sweeter aperitifs do. –  user150 Jan 29 at 21:46

Yes it does! A beer belly is caused by excess calorie intake and reduced calorie expenditure because of a sedentary lifestyle. Read in detail: http://healthmeup.com/news-weight-loss/the-truth-about-beer-belly-fat/5947

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That is not true fact without eating heavy meal.

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