A lot of research on alcohol indicates that one drink a day can help protect against stroke, coronary artery disease, dementia, and more. Indeed, some studies suggest that drinking in moderation can actually help deflate a beer belly: In a recent study of 8,000 people, Texas Tech University researchers determined that those who enjoyed a daily drink were 54% less likely to have a weight problem than teetotalers. Between one and two drinks a day results in a 41% risk reduction. However, the study says, consumption of three or more daily drinks increases your risk of obesity.
If you can limit yourself to one or two a day, then you can get the health benefits without too many extra calories.
How many calories in a 12-ounce beer?
Clicking on the glasses below will take you to a chart from Beer100.com the shows the calories, alcohol, and carbohydrate content of U.S. domestic and imported beer.