7 Ways Alcohol Might Be Making You Fat

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When most of us start our weight loss efforts we start with the foods and drinks we need to eliminate from our diets. For me it was soda, because it was something I was certain I could live without, while for you it may be cookies or wine or cheesecake.

does+alcohol+make+you+fat_high+calorie+mixers+do{Although pretty to look at, these sugary colorful drinks can be whats making you fat!}

Many dieters try to eliminate alcohol under the belief that alcohol makes you fat. Today we will explore whether or not alcohol makes you fat and the ways in which it could be making you fat.

Keep reading to find out more!

Alcohol & Weight Gain

People always wonder, how does alcohol make you fat when it has no fat in it? That is a great question.

The number one reason alcohol can make you fat is because when you finish off a cocktail, the alcohol is split into two substances: acetate and fat. The fat goes through the bloodstream and get stored wherever you (the drinker) tend to store fat in your body. The acetate goes in the bloodstream and gets used as your main source of energy.

Because acetate becomes your energy source, your body isn’t burning carbs, fat or protein as fuel when you drink alcohol. Think of booze as the big kid who skips the line, rather than waiting his turn like all the good kids.

So, how can you avoid the weight loss pitfalls of consuming alcohol?

High Calorie Mixers

One way in which alcohol can make you fat is the sugary, high calorie items you add to it. A shot of tequila for example has just 97 calories, which isn’t much when you think about it. But when you add 4 to 8 ounces of fruit punch to that shot you can add as many as 120 calories to your glass!

Adding more than one type of alcohol to a cocktail can also cause alcohol to make you fat. Drinks like Long Island Iced Tea for example, get their calorie count from the half-dozen shots of alcohol found in one tall glass. Liqueurs have an average of 103 calories per ounce, adding unnecessary calories for someone trying to lose weight.

Avoid this trap by: mixing diet soda, diet tonic water or sparkling water with your favorite spirit.

Alcohol as Appetite Stimulant

Indirectly, alcohol can make you fat because it stimulates your appetite, making you want to eat while you drink and therefore compounding the calories. Combine that fact with your inability to make healthy food choices after a few glasses of anything, and you can see why so many dieters fear alcohol.

It’s not just that alcohol makes you hungry; according to a study at the University of Liverpool, it’s that you generally crave high fat and salty foods while you drink. When you eat without regard to hunger, that’s a recipe for consuming far too many calories to help you lose weight.

Avoid this pitfall by: don’t eat unless you are hungry.

Binge Drinking

One surefire way to guarantee that alcohol makes you fat is to drink and drink and drink until you can barely stand. Drinking this much will add hundreds of unnecessary calories that you don’t need.

Slamming cocktails without regard to the calorie count (and sugar and fat) can help you pack on the calories before you realize it. Whether it’s your birthday or bachelor party, binge drinking is one way alcohol can make you fat.

Avoid this pitfall by: drinking in moderation.

Portion Sizes

When you’re at a party, restaurant or bar the serving sizes for alcoholic drinks are much larger than they need to be. While a traditional glass of wine should be 5 ounces, when you order from a bartender it’ll probably be more like 8 or 9 ounces. When you factor in a few additional ounces in your favorite cocktail, after a few cocktails those extra ounces can really add up.

By drinking in moderation and controlling your portions you can minimize the effects alcohol on your weight gain. Request single cocktails or get your favorite tall drink in an old fashioned or rocks glass to keep your drink size within reason.


Avoid this pitfall by: requesting drinks in small glasses like rocks or cocktail glasses.


Because of the large amount of alcohol some people drink combined with the salty high fat foods, many people believe that alcohol makes you fat when it really just dehydrates you so it appears that you’ve gained weight. Feeling fat and getting fat are two separate things.

You see, alcohol can lead to dehydration because it makes you urinate more than normal. Unfortunately when you consume alcohol—especially too much alcohol—your body does not distinguish between getting rid of water or getting rid of booze. So a night of excessive drinking can lead to dehydration, which doesn’t make you fat, but the effects of a hangover can make it difficult to do the things you do in a normal day to shed the excess pounds.

Avoid this pitfall by: drinking water before you start drinking and in between each cocktail you order.

Restless Sleep

Although most of us associate a night of excessive drinking with a good night’s sleep, the truth is that too much alcohol could have a negative impact on your ability to rest peacefully.

Between the thermogenic effects of alcohol and the associated dehydration, a peaceful sleep is unlikely. By that same token, drinking so much that you pass out isn’t really an indicator of having a good night’s sleep.

Many studies have concluded that alcohol abuse or even excess alcohol consumption can interfere with your ability to get a restful night of sleep. What’s important to note about these studies is that one night of excessive drinking can cause the same sleep experience as though you were a chronic abuser of alcohol.

Avoid this pitfall by: drinking 2 glass of water before bed and skipping coffee in the morning in favor of tea.


The hangover associated with a night of heavy drinking should get more of the blame for making you fat than alcohol. Alcohol on its own and when consumed in moderation will not make you fat. Sure, it still jumps ahead of protein and carbs in terms of energy, but whiskey on the rocks is less likely to make you fat than say a Mai Tai or Baltimore Zoo.

Alcohol indirectly can make you fat thanks to the behavior associated with alcohol hangovers. A night of excessive drinking can lead to a wide variety of symptoms according to the Mayo Clinic, including; fatigue, shakiness, irritability, nausea and a fast heartbeat.


{A hangover is more responsible for making you fat than alcohol.}

These symptoms can convince you to stop doing the things you do to lose weight or maintain weight loss. If you’re experiencing fatigue chances are slim that you will forego that day’s weight training program. If you feel depressed and nauseous, chances are good that you’ll choose a hamburger with the works and a bunch of other junk food instead of a quick and healthy meal that might ease your hangover symptoms.

Avoid this pitfall by: not drinking to the point of intoxication.

See if a quick fast can help you avoid drinking to the point of intoxication by reading our Eat Stop Eat review. This can be how you prevent alcohol from making you fat!