When rappers hold parties with pools full of liquor, we tend to dive. Alcoholic beverages are a staple at parties because they make things better—in moderation. Drinking has gone hand in hand with meals and merriment for centuries. It’s not exactly something to be frowned upon.
It’s a known fact that drinking alcoholic beverages reduces stress. While we are not exactly our best selves while drinking, when we let ourselves loose and let go of worries, our bodies relax. The consumption of alcohol is linked to reduced cardiovascular stress, thereby reducing risk of stroke and other heart diseases. And there are lots to choose from! So maybe the next time you have the case of the sniffles, you may want to try hitting up Dr. Bartender, too.
The vodka-as-disinfectant trope powers a lot of high-adrenaline television drama emergency situations bereft of proper medical equipment. Vodka’s high alcohol content makes it a viable, yet expensive, germ killer. But using it properly—pouring it down our face hole—has some pretty nifty benefits, too. As soon as it enters your body, it freshens your breath (though temporarily), and goes on to help you form more collateral vessels, which deliver oxygen to your brain.
Whiskey is made from grain, a food group that scares the new population of people who have decided to go gluten-free. But whiskey is very rich in ellagic acid, which is a cancer-fighting antioxidant that we could all embrace in a time like this. Other than that, whiskey provides an immune system boost that helps you ward off diseases and infections.
Wine has always been touted as a guilt-free beverage. It’s mentioned and consumed liberally in the Bible as well as in Game of Thrones. This libation blessed by the gods decreases the risk of diabetes, heart disease, and even colon cancer. The natural antioxidants in wine reduces the signs of aging, kills dental bacteria, and even reduces acne. What else can we expect from a drink made mainly of fruit?
Stout is rich in iron, and known to be healthier than pale beer! It’s even recommended to nursing mothers who feel they aren’t making enough breast milk. Dark beer has higher antioxidant content, and has been known to reduce the risk of getting cataracts.
We know a night can get wild with a few shots of the agave spirit, but enjoying it in moderate amounts has some physical benefits for your body. Tequila also helps break down bad cholesterol and aids digestion.