Many alcoholic drinks contains significant anti-oxidants, and a small amount of alcohol can help with some diseases of aging, as well as provide medicinal uses for congestion / cough.
Alcohol, however, taken in excess, can cause organ and tissue damage, as well as provide calories that don't count nutritive value.
I suggest researching the benefits and problems of alcohol using your favorite search engine, and taking time to read for yourself the pros and cons.
Because alcohol is not illegal like pot, it has had lots of study. There's lots of information online for you to form an informed opinion.
caspervann said.. but the majority of the "beer belly" that occurs is not actually the drinking but the desire to wane off the alcohol via highly greasy foods (for a reference, go to a local fast food joint at 2:15am and watch the drunks stumble in).
It should be pointed out that the above quote is somewhat in error. Many alcoholics have that "look" because they ingest insufficient protein and get idle calories from the alcohol, or just plain to many carbs. Caspervann also fails to accommodate for the effect of alcohol on insulin and blood glucose levels, which also contributes to the effect. It's not just from irresponsible eating, as the statement tends to make one believe.