By Jim F., Dietblog blogger

Alcohol consumption and fat loss has long been a controversial subject.

First, the BBC dismissed the beer belly. Now, new research contradicts this: liquor consumption in men is associated with a larger waist circumference.

The research (published in Obesity) concludes:

However, high alcohol intake was associated with abdominal obesity, which might explain the higher diabetes risk previously observed in high alcohol consumers.

What is often overlooked is the sheer number of Calories in alcoholic drinks. Tom Venuto provides 7 tips to think about if you want to include alcohol in your lifestyle.