Will a non alcoholic beer increase weight

Other factors that influence the effect of alcohol on body weight

The relationship between body weight and alcohol consumption is complex. Not only are the amount and type of alcohol consumed important, but also drinking patterns, gender, type of beverage and lifestyles may play a role.

Drinking patterns
Drinking patterns may be important in how alcohol consumption influences body weight. A population study shows that among men who consumed moderate amounts (<30 g) or intermediate amounts of alcohol (30–100 g) per week, the ones who drank daily had lower body mass index (BMI) and waist circumference compared to those who drank on 1–2 days or 3–6 days per week. The results were similar for beer and wine consumption,59 and earlier population studies showed similar results. It seems that those who consume the greatest quantity of alcohol and the least frequently (binge drinking) were the most overweight. But frequent light or moderate alcohol consumption is not associated with weight gain.60-62

Middle aged women who drink moderately might even benefit from lower relative risk of weight gain. A population study found that post-menopausal women of normal weight who consume alcoholic beverages moderately (median intake of 19.4 g per day) have a reduced relative risk of becoming overweight (35%) or obese (88%),63 and these results corroborate those of previously published findings.64-70

Type of beverage and lifestyle
Although some studies suggest that beer may promote obesity more than wine, other studies find similar associations with both.41 Experimental studies suggest that wine stimulates food intake more than beer,71and people who prefer beer may differ from non-drinkers or wine consumers with regard to multiple lifestyle factors related to obesity. Beer drinkers appear to have poorer dietary habits than wine drinkers72-74 and beer drinkers are more often smokers.72,75,76 Physical activity may also be a potential confounding factor, and it is difficult to appropriately adjust for all these factors.41 Individuals who frequently drink moderate amounts of alcohol may enjoy a healthier lifestyle in general that may protect them from weight gain. Overall, obesity is a multi-factorial condition and it is difficult to truly assess the independent influence of alcohol intake on obesity risk.54