So it's pretty common knowledge that whilst trying to cut/lose fat, that alcohol is bad news, due to it essentially being extra calories with no real purpose, but what is the consensus about drinking alcohol whilst trying to gain muscle? From what I gather, it increases estrogen levels, contributes excess calories with no real purpose and essentially stops protein synthesis.
So does this mean that even in the "off-season", alcohol is a big no-no for weightlifters trying to add muscle? Also, does the type of booze have different affects on the body (Licquours vs. Beers vs. Wines/Champagne)?