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Does beer make you fat?

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Beer, especially traditional beer, contains a lot of calories, so drinking a lot of it in one sitting significantly increases a person's calorie intake. Unless the person is exercising enough to burn off the extra calories he is taking in, the result is a weight gain.

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The average beer contains about 150 calories. When a person drinks beer, his liver must work to filter out the alcohol in his body when it would normally be digesting fat. People who are drinking beer typically do not exercise afterward, and fatty, greasy foods often are served alongside beer. Thus, beer drinkers are likely to gain weight from the excess calories.

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