Is alcohol a risk-factor for obesity?

This question is really two conflated questions: [1] is ethanol (i.e. the active ingredient in all alcoholic beverages) a risk-factor for obesity, and; [2] are alcoholic beverages themselves a risk factor for obesity. There’s a third, related question: [3] does consuming food with either of these (ethanol or beverages) alter the risk for obesity. Let’s

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