There’s plenty for guys to love about St. Patrick’s Day: Irish music and parades, pub-based camaraderie, and of course enjoying a green beer or two. Indeed, March 17th can be a grand old time. March 18th, however? If you overindulged in green brews, not so much.

No one likes hangovers, but avoiding one isn’t the only reason to moderate your booze intake. You can probably already guess this, but studies show that drinking 80 grams of alcohol at one occasion — that’s about a bottle of wine, six-pack of beer, or six 1.5-ounce shots of 80-proof spirits — may be the culprit behind those unhealthy paunches known as beer guts.

Remember to check your waist size and if it’s over 38 inches (97 cm) around, you could be at a higher risk for heart attack or stroke.

The takeaway: Like most things, moderation is the key to busting a beer gut and if you’re going to drink, limit your intake to no more than two pints a day.

Of course, moderation is easier said than done, so that’s where these 3 tips come in:

  1. Sip your beer slowly and chase each one with a glass of water. It’ll fill you up, keep you hydrated, and reduce the urge to keep drinking.
  2. Studies have shown that filling your glass only halfway results in significant reductions in booze intake. Next time you have buddies over to watch a game, limit yourself to two drinks by pouring four servings.
  3. There’s nothing wrong with stopping in at your local pub, but staying there for hours on end leads to overindulging. Decide on a time to be home by before heading out, and this may help you avoid a hangover the next morning!