Alcohol drinking, especially when done in moderation, isn’t entirely wrong. Various scientific studies prove how responsible alcohol drinking can be used to your advantage. Moderate alcohol intake improves your health despite the common belief that it puts your well-being at risk.
Do you love hanging out with your loved ones and friends on a Friday or Saturday night? You might be interested in learning some unexpected benefits of alcohol. You can use them as your justifications for your drinking habit.
Moderate alcohol intake improves your health despite the common belief that it actually puts your well-being at risk.
Reduces the Risks of Cardiovascular Diseases
This may sound strange but moderate intake of liquor, beer, and wine can promote a healthy heart, thanks to their natural antioxidants. These phenols help in protecting your hearts against cardiovascular diseases. Also, they reduce the risk of coronary artery illnesses, hypertension, and heart attack.
Some studies have also suggested that having some shots of red wine, in particular, may reduce oxidative stress and inflammation in the body. People with heart attacks, especially women, are partly advised to consume low to moderate alcohol. Moderate alcohol is linked to a lower mortality rate. This is perhaps due to its HDL (“good”) cholesterol content and anti-coagulant properties.
Lowers the Risks of Certain Cancer
Heavy drinkers expose themselves to high risks of cancers of the mouth, esophagus, larynx, and pharynx, stomach, colon, liver, breast, and ovary. However, other researchers at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles have found a link between regular red wine consumption and a lower risk of breast cancer.
Meanwhile, during the National Meeting of the American Chemical Society, researchers presented findings that suggested a key ingredient in beer that could combat cancer and inflammatory diseases. According to the study, acids called humulones and lupulone from hops possess the ability to halt bacterial growth and illnesses. The research team hopes to find a way to extract these compounds or comprehensively synthesize them in a lab to develop active agents for cancer-treating pharmaceuticals.
Improves Memory and Thinking Skills
Some studies suggest that light to moderate alcohol consumption may have some protective effects for developing some cognitive impairment and neurological diseases like dementia. According to a study published in “The Journal of Nutrition,” moderate alcohol intake improved the participants’ memory and thinking skills. The results were mainly positive among women and those aged 70 and more.
Likewise, according to the American Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Dementias, older individuals who engage in light or moderate drinking may have higher episodic memory (the ability to remember events). They also have a larger volume of the hippocampus – a brain region that plays a significant role in remembrance.
Combats Signs of Aging
Supercharged antioxidants in wine (such as phytochemicals and resveratrol) can increase energy levels. By so doing, they combat signs of aging, control acne, and protect your skin from harmful UV rays. Wine consists of higher anti-oxidants that help provide smooth, radiant, and glowing skin. This also soaks up the free radicals that damage your skin. The same time triggers the formation of premature aging signs.
Light drinking aids in reducing fine lines and paralyzing the aging process. Moreover, another study showed that drinking a red wine moderately increases life span by inducing longevity genes.
Aids in Weight Loss
The popularity of association of “beer belly” among heavy drinkers makes this benefit odder. However, researchers at the State University of Oregon proved that beer helps light drinkers shed some pounds.
According to the study, alcoholic drinks contain a compound named xanthohumol, which is commonly found in hops. This compound lowers an individual’s risks of developing metabolic syndrome. Metabolic syndrome is a condition that indicates obesity, elevated blood pressure, increased blood sugar, and bad high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol levels.
How Much Is Too Much?
Get your bottle opener or corkscrew and prepare to crack one drink per day (for women). Two drinks per day are not bad for men. Enjoy those aforementioned sweet alcohol health benefits without the hangover and further risks. The infographic below clearly shows the standard allowed alcohol content in different drinks.