The liquor has seen an exponential rise in the past few years. Still getting wasted every night might not seem to be the best idea for both your physical as well as mental well-being. As more and more liquor distilleries are popping up, more research has occurred around the mythical elixir and what was found is excellent news for alcohol-lovers everywhere. Recent studies done by scientists show that moderate alcohol consumption has some substantial health benefits.
Now, we’ve all heard the reasons why alcohol is bad for you, but what about the benefits? Here is our list of seven ways that says why drinking might not be the worst idea of all.
1. Drinking champagne can improve your memory and prevent dementia
Wife remembers it, all isn’t it? A recent study from the University of Reading in the UK examined champagne’s impact on memory, revealing that the drink contains phenols, which stimulate signals in the brain and ultimately help us remember things better. Phenols can also counteract on age-related memory impairment, such as dementia which means good memory for long.
2. Drinking Tequila can help you lose weight
Well, isn’t this some wonderful news? A study conducted by the American Chemical Society (ACS) reveals that the sugars found in the plant that makes tequila could help lower blood glucose levels for people with type 2 diabetes. Researchers believe that this could help obese people lose weight.
3. Drinking can lower the risk of cardiovascular diseases
According to the School of Public Health at Harvard University, moderate amounts of liquor in your blood raises levels of high-density lipoprotein (HDL) also popularly known as ‘good’ cholesterol. This means greater protection against heart diseases, better blood clotting and better sensitivity to insulin. Such changes would tend to prevent the formation of small blood clots that can block arteries in the heart, neck, and brain, the ultimate cause of many heart attacks and the most common kind of stroke.
4. Drinking can reduce the risk of common cold
According to a study conducted by Spanish researchers, drinking eight to fourteen glasses of wine per week ( the could study was conducted using red wine but whatever suits you better!) reduce the risk of catch a cold up to 60%. The scientists suspected that this had something to do with the antioxidant properties of wine.
5. Drinking can have psychological benefits
One of the primary reasons behind the rather infamous image of alcohol is its psychological effects. However, some studies suggest otherwise. Alcohol not only reduces the stress level but also help in the promotion of conviviality as well as creates pleasant carefree feelings. Drinking decreases tension, self-consciousness and reduces anxiety. In elderlies, light drinking may increase appetite, promote regular bowel movements, and lift the mood.
6. Drinking can lower the risk of diabetes
According to a study conducted by the VU University Medical Center, Amsterdam, healthy adults who consume up to two glasses of alcohol per day show lesser chances of developing type 2 diabetes as compared to people who do not drink at all.
7. Drinking can reduce the risk of gallstones
According to the study conducted by the scientists of the University of East Anglia, moderate drinking can actually reduce the risk of gallstones by one-third. The study found that those who reported consuming two UK units of alcohol per day had a one-third reduction in their risk of developing gallstones.
8. Drinking can improve your eroticism
Contrary to prior beliefs, according to a newer research published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine, researchers has found that moderate drinking might actually protect against erectile dysfunction in the same way that drinking red wine might benefit heart disease. In the 2009 study, researchers found that the chances of erectile dysfunction were reduced by 25 to 30 percent among alcohol drinkers.
9. Drinking can lengthen your life
Yes, that is true! A study by the Catholic University of Campobasso suggests that drinking less than four or two drinks per day for men and women respectively could actually reduce the risk of death by 18 percent. “Little amounts, preferably during meals, this appears to be the right way (to drink alcohol),” said Dr Giovanni de Gaetano of Catholic University, the author on the study.
10. Drinking can reduce the risk of stroke
A review of epidemiologic studies concludes that moderate alcohol consumption may decrease stroke risks caused by blocked blood vessels. However, it may increase the potential risk of strokes caused by bleeding.
All that said, it is mandatory to mention here that excessive drinking causes more harm than benefits. According to the joint guidelines by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, moderate drinking is defined as no more than two drinks a day for most men and one for most women. So be careful not to get over dozed in the joy and drink responsibly.
Do you know any more drinking benefits? Comment & share with us and we will add them to the list.