We have all heard the saying ‘Beer Belly’, well drinking beer actually does make you fat.
Here is how it happens:
1. You take a swig of your cold, refreshing beer.
2. Seconds later, the beer passes through your oesophagus and into your stomach.
3. Once in your stomach, 20% of the alcohol is absorbed immediately into your bloodstream. The rest passes into your intestines, and is absorbed from there.
Now it gets complicated,
4. The next stop for the alcohol is your liver where it gets broken down. During this process, waste is produced called acetate and acetaldehyde. The stronger the beer, the more acetate and acetaldehyde is created.
5. Here your brain tells your body to stop burning fat, as it has to begin dealing with the waste products acetate and acetaldehyde. Your body then starts to begin producing fat from another waste product of alcohol, acetyl CoA.
**Your body can process only 15-30ml of alcohol per hour.**
Therefore the more you drink, the longer your body is unable to burning fat, the more fat builds up from the excess acetyl CoA.
A pint of 4% beer contains 22.7ml of alcohol. 6 pint night takes it to 136ml of alcohol
essentially, halting your fat burn for up to nine hours.
Plus their is 154 calories in a can of beer.