The age-old question that has haunted Sorority houses and after work happy hours for generations, “Is alcohol making me fat?”

The short and sweet answer is NO. There is a very quick caveat, the amount and actions you take after drinking are the real waistline killers.

The casual nightcap will not cut into your gains, as explained in the article. The real culprit is the binge drinking and pound of wings you inhaled while watching the football game. While having a long day drinking it can be easy to lose track of the actual calories that you are consuming. That is the name of the game. Keep track of the calories you are taking in and adjust as needed to keep you on your fitness plan.

I have some personal knowledge of this as while alcohol was not making me fat on its own, the late night snacking on pizza and trips through the Jack in the Box drive through were.

So keep these thoughts in mind the next time you lift your glass to cheers another victory or pour a second glass of after work, wind down wine.


Let’s start with the first point here. From a metabolic perspective, alcohol and your body have a weird relationship. There’s actually been a lot of research into it over the years because it’s so surprising.

Numerous studies, both observational and in controlled settings, have shown that people can consume light to moderate amounts of alcohol and not necessarily gain weight. (Moderate drinking is defined as 1 drink a day for women and no more than 2 drinks a day for men.)