[Does beer have an impact on weight gain? Effects of moderate beer consumption on body composition]

Nutr Hosp. 2007 Mar-Apr;22(2):223-8.
[Article in Spanish]


Background: The effects of alcohol consumption on body weight have been evaluated in a large number of studies suggesting to be inversely as well as positively related to body weight and body fat.

Objective: This study examined the relationships between moderate beer consumption and anthropometrical parameters in Spanish healthy adults.

Method: After a 30 day alcohol abstemious period, 58 healthy volunteers were submitted to a daily moderate consumption of beer during the following 30 days. Weight, height, skinfolds and circumferences were measured at three points: (a) basal; (b) abstemious and (c) after moderate consumption of beer.

Results: Biceps skinfold (mm) increased (p < 0.05) in men after moderate beer consumption in regard to abstinence period (5.74 +/- 1.70 vs. 6.23 +/- 1.74). No significant differences were observed in the rest of anthropometrical parameters studied in both women and men along the study intervention.

Conclusion: Moderate beer consumption during one month did not mostly change weight and weight-related parameters in healthy adults.

Publication types

  • English Abstract
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Beer*
  • Body Composition*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Longitudinal Studies
  • Male
  • Weight Gain*