We have all been silently defending alcohol from the world, when our parents catch us drinking, when that one TV advertisement that shows how much it damages health, or when the government sets the legal drinking age limit to 25 (like we follow that). We silently listen.
Now is the time to step up, now is the time to shove the benefits of these 10 alcoholic drinks into the face of that class nerd, or that bartender who won't serve you. Alcohol can be healthy too. You have to, however, also understand that excess of anything can seriously harm you.
Aids in reducing stress
Vodka has a sleep inducing effect which is proven by a research to be better than that of Red Wine. This effect leads to calming of the brain and helps you relax.
Relieves tooth ache
Squishing just a little amount of vodka on the aching tooth can help lessen it's pain. Also, vodka mixed with cinnamon can work as a mouthwash.
Has cardio-protective benefits
Vodka tends to dilate the arteries thus stimulating free flow of blood, thus reducing stroke and possible heart related illnesses.
Perfect for anyone on a diet.
A shot of vodka has as little as 97 calories per shot. Obviously, if you binge drink you're surely gaining weight by tomorrow morning, but it is one of the healthier drinks our booze industry has to offer.
Promotes longevity of life
It has been proven through research that wine drinkers have a 34% lesser mortality rate than spirit drinkers.
Lowers risk of heart disease
Red wine contains 'P rocyanidins', which is known to protect against heart diseases. A higher content of 'P rocyanidins' is found in wines from southwest France and Sardinia.
Reduces risk of type-2 diabetes
Australian research shows that a drink or 2 of wine right after a meal gets the insulin level back to its normal level thus reducing the risk of diabetes.
According to the Mayo Clinic, the risk of dying because of a heart attack is lower for people that consume beer on a moderate level. Moderate can be defined as 12 ounces for women and 24 ounces for men.
Beer contains these flowers that are called 'Hops' for brewing. These flowers are antimicrobial and are used by the body to fight diseases.
Reduces bone deterioration
Research at Tuft University found a positive relationship between hip-bone density and beer consumption. Heavy drinking, however, led to bone loss.
Can help to prevent Alzheimer's Disease
Researchers at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine analyzed a lot of studies and came to a conclusion that moderate beer drinkers are 23% less likely to develop different kinds of dementia, including Alzheimer's.
Reduces cholesterol level
The barley that is used in brewing of beer contains 'Betaglucan', a type of soluble fiber that is proven to help in lowering cholesterol levels .
Helps lose weight
Tequila contains a type of sugar, agavins, that if consumed in moderate amounts can lead to weight loss. This sugar leads to a lot of calories passing the body without getting consumed, and thus leads to weight loss.
Helps in digestion
A shot of tequila proven in some studies before a meal can help in increasing metabolism and after a meal helps in digestion.
Contains both prebiotic and probiotic bacteria
Prebiotic bacterias help to create a ground for the probiotic bacteria to grow. Probiotic bacteria are healthy bacterias that help naturally populate our intestines. Some of the carbohydrates that tequila is derived from supply these healthy bacteria .
Helps with insomnia
We all know how well we sleep after alcohol, although most might refer to that as passing out, but well, tequila among all your favorite alcohol, helps you 'pass out' better. It's relaxing effect calms the nerves and therefore helps with insomnia.
Doesn't give you a hangover
Yeah that's no health benefit, but you guys need to know this! If you're going to see your parents after this night out or have work/class early morning, tequila is your way to go!
Helps with weight loss
Research shows that this liquor has no fat, and very little sodium. The little calories it contains are in the form of alcohol and the left over amount is in sugars that is used by the body for energy. Obviously if you binge drink, don't blame us if you think the weighing scale is lying to you the next morning.
Reduces blood clotting
Whiskey works as a blood thinner, and therefore reduces the chances of blood clots and also increases the amount of good cholesterol in your body thus leading to a healthier heart.
'Ellagic acid', present in high amounts in Whiskey, is one of the most effective antioxidant compounds the human body can consume. Antioxidants neutralize radicals that lead to diseases like cancer and dementia, therefore whiskey is known to be a strong preventive measure for cancer.
Boosts immune system
Research proves that antioxidants can be used to cure illnesses like cold, fevers and also as a dressing for open wounds.
Remedy for arthritis
Gin is made out of compounds that help with joint pains, loss of tissue, and rheumatoid arthritis.
Delays aging skin
All alcohol contain a lot of antioxidants but Gin contains an extra one called 'Juniperboost' that helps the body in regenerating cells thus leading to better, wrinkle-free skin.
Helps fight kidney and liver diseases
Gin consists of diuretic ingredients that help in kidney filtration, thus throwing out kidney bacteria.
Helps in weight-loss
Gin is also one of the drinks one can have when on a diet. There are as little as 97 calories in 1.5 ounces of Gin and it also doesn't bloat you.
Rum, like whiskey, works as a blood-thinner and it also increases HDL cholesterol, also known as 'Good Cholesterol'.
Remedy for common cold
It consists of anti-microbial properties that provide the infected person with a soothing and warming effect.
Improves spatial memory
Spatial memory is the ability of the human mind to perform complex tasks and solve calculations as well as understand it's surrounding. Consumption of champagne is known to improve ones spatial memory.
Lesser calories than white and red wine
A classic glass of champagne can contain as much as 80 calories of champagne, whereas a glass of wine has about 120. It is also because of it's fizzy nature that champagne makes you full faster, and therefore a lesser amount goes in.
Healthy for the heart
Champagne is known to have as many benefits for the heart as a glass of wine, this is because it is made from both red and white grapes thus contains the most 'resveratrol'. Resveratrol is an antioxidant which prevents blood clots, reduces bad cholesterol and prevents damage of blood vessels.
Strengthens short term memory
It has been proven that within 3 years of consumption of alcohol, the human brain produces 200% more of the memory boosting protein.
Pure product with no additives
Cognac is a pure product with very little natural sugars and has no additives.
Cures common cold
Cognac widens blood vessels and helps in releasing head aches.
Protects against heart disease
It is proven that some compounds help the blood cells from plumping together, thus reducing the amount of work the heart has to do.
Antioxidant, 'polyphenol', may help prevent cancer
Cider is studied to contain the same amount of antioxidants as wine, and are known help prevent cancer and certain cardiovascular diseases.
Apt for gluten allergic people
This drink is gluten free, so the people allergic to gluten can get drunk without any outbreak of ashes the next morning.
Yes alcohol has it's fair share of benefits, but it also has the same amount of negatives. Drinking in moderation will not harm your health, but going the other way, will.