Do you wind down in the evening with a glass of wine or a beer? If so, you’re among millions who do. Ancient civilizations thought beer and wine could cure more than one hundred illnesses. But for years, alcohol has been branded as a bad guy in the beverage family. Do these drinks deserve their bad reputations? The latest studies may prompt you to raise a mug and cheer.
Benefits: The following benefits are attributed to moderate drinking only–not exceeding one drink a day for women or two drinks a day for men. A standard drink is: one 12-ounce bottle of beer or wine cooler; one 8- or 9-ounce malt liquor; one 5-ounce glass of wine; 2 or 3 ounces of liqueur; 3 or 4 ounces of wine, sherry or port; and 1.5 ounces of 80-proof distilled spirits or brandy.
- Prevents Alzheimer’s Disease and Boosts Brain Power. Light to moderate alcohol consumption, among nonsmokers, reduces the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease. The resveratrol in red wine increases blood flow to the brain, helping you think.
- Healthy Blood Vessel Function. Some research has found red wine to be beneficial to the health of the cells lining the blood vessels. Resveratrol promotes the healthy function of fat cells. Longevity. Studies have shown that low to moderate alcohol consumption increases people’s longevity.
- Good Cholesterol and Healthy Heart. Moderate drinkers experienced higher levels of HDL “good” cholesterol and less risk of fatal heart disease.
- Prevents Blood Clots. Moderate drinking protects against ischemic strokes, those caused by blood clots.
- Prevents Type 2 Diabetes. Research shows that moderate drinkers were less likely to develop Type 2 diabetes.
So in general, moderate drinkers were reported to lead healthier lives than heavy drinkers or nondrinkers.
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