Beer is an important component of many people’s daily routine, whether you’re going out to the bar after a hard week at work or just want to open a bottle on a hot day. In fact, Beer Info claims that the average adult in the United States consumes 28.2 gallons each year. Beer isn’t for everyone, however—and it’s not just those who don’t enjoy the flavor who should pass up on beer. Read on to learn five types of individuals who should never consume beer, according to a doctor.
1 — People who have history of diabetes or prediabetes
When it comes to opening a bottle of beer, most people don’t consider the sugar content. While the ingredient list may not always list sugar as an ingredient, it is formed naturally during grain fermentation by yeast.
“When combined with a pleasant meal, alcohol may quickly raise blood sugar levels in a person who is already diabetic or fasting and can cause a rapid rise in insulin, which can be very dangerous,” warns Dr. Jonathan Kung, MD, a gastroenterologist at Mount Sinai.
2 — People attempting to lose weight or who are overweight
If you’re seeking to lose weight, this popular alcoholic beverage might not be the best option for you. “Beer is high in calories and lacks nutritional value,” claims Kung.
According to a study published in Nutrients, drinking beer on a daily basis more than 500 milliliters—that is, about 16.9 ounces—raises the risk of not losing weight, especially in men. Beer consumption can prevent one from achieving a daily calorie deficit necessary for weight reduction, according to studies. To minimize empty calories, swap out the bottle of beer for a bottle of water.
3 — People with known gluten sensitivities or a history of celiac disease
Although gluten-free diets are helpful, many individuals who follow such a regimen would be wise to avoid drinking beer since it may worsen later gastrointestinal issues. “Beer frequently includes gluten, which can cause an inflammatory reaction in the gut of many patients, resulting in digestive problems,” Kung adds. There are gluten-free beers on the market that might be beneficial for people with food allergies.
4 — People who have a history of irritable bowel syndrome
Stomach problems are not enjoyable for anybody, especially those who have irritable bowel syndrome. “Because of the irritation of the gut wall or fluid retention in certain individuals, beer frequently causes bloating, gas, diarrhea, and abdominal discomfort,” explains Kung.
5 — People with chronic liver disease or cirrhosis
If you have liver disease or cirrhosis, you should avoid drinking beer. “Alcohol is a toxin that, when metabolized by an already damaged liver (particularly in the presence of cirrhosis, viral hepatitis, or autoimmune disease), can accelerate the damage to the parenchyma of the liver and eventually cause a loss of function,” warns Kung.