Benefits of Drinking Alcohol: Here’s to Your Health

STAT Health May 2, 2018

You’ve probably heard it before: Drinking alcohol in moderation can have certain health benefits. And it’s true. Depending on what you like to drink, you could be getting health benefits that you aren’t even aware of. Here, we point out which alcoholic drinks are actually pretty good for your health.

Break Open the Bubbly.

That’s right. Pop open some champagne and then take a pop quiz; you’re liable to score better.  That’s because drinking one-to-three glasses of champagne per week has been found to help improve memory and delay the onset of dementia. Who knew? Champagne drinkers, of course!

Vodka? Yes, Comrade.

What do the Russian people know about their favorite alcoholic beverage? It’s a great stress reliever. Better even then red wine. And when vodka is mixed with cranberry juice, it might even help boost creativity. A recent study showed that men who sipped a Sea Breeze performed 30 percent better on a word association test than teetotalers did.

Beer Here!

Aside from bringing on a good, satisfying belch, what other health benefits does beer possess?  Well, it can help lower your risk of heart disease, Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. It can strengthen your bones and even lower your chances of developing kidney stones through increased urination. So, tip back an occasional pint, enjoy, and pee hearty!

A Gin-Win Situation

Gin is a clear spirit that gets its distinctive flavor from juniper berries – a natural diuretic that helps flush extra salt and water from your body, which in turn can make you feel less bloated. Juniper berries are also full of healthy antioxidants that can block free radicals from doing damage to your cells.

Tequila!

The good news: Drinking tequila can increase your levels of HDL or “good cholesterol,” which can help lower your risk of heart disease. The bad news: Though not backed by any official research, many people report that drinking tequila makes them feel crazy or angry, so it’s best to steer clear of it if you didn’t have such a great day at the office.

Stop Whining and Start Wining

The proverbial glass of wine with dinner has become one of America’s most observed – and enjoyed – health routines. That’s because polyphenols (the antioxidants in red wine) have been shown to reduce plaque build-up in the arteries and increase HDL cholesterol by about 12 percent. It’s all good – and it tastes good, too!

Water. Straight Up.

Of course, you don’t need to drink alcohol to get all these benefits. Just exercise, eat right, and drink plenty of water. But if you do decide to imbibe, remember these three words of wisdom: “moderation, moderation, moderation.”

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