Adequate consumption of Alcohol opens up the door for many health benefits for us. Well, how do you define Adequate? Adequate alcohol use for healthy adults generally means up to one-two drinks a day and Heavy Drinking means exceeding 3-4 drinks per day.
Now, before cheering your glasses up in the air, one must know from where that cheer originates from. The hero of the story here is Ethanol, this gets you drunk. The sole reason behind your impaired judgments, reduced self-consciousness, and heightened emotions are CH3−CH. So, keep a track of your consumption to not let ethanol make you do regretful things! 😉
Although it’s addictive and highly toxic, depending upon your drinking habits & the type of alcoholic drink consumed, we humans are surely granted the power of keeping things under control. Also, what type of alcoholic drink you are consuming matters a lot. Here’s a bifurcation of which alcohol drink contains how much alcohol:
Regular Beer – 5%
Malt Liquor – 7%
Wine – 12%
Hard Liquor (whiskey, scotch, gin, rum, vodka, tequila) – 40%
Fact: Red Wine, is very rich in healthy antioxidants and is considered to have more health benefits than any other alcoholic beverage.
So, let’s move on to the Top 7 Benefits of Drinking Alcohol keeping in mind that it is consumed ‘Adequately’.
1. Alcohol Consumption Lowers the Risk of Cardiovascular Disease
For a fact, moderate drinking lowers the risk of heart attack, ischemic (clot-caused) stroke, peripheral vascular disease, sudden cardiac death, and death from all cardiovascular causes. Alcohol raises the levels of high-density lipoprotein, HDL, or ‘good’ cholesterol which are associated with high protection against heart disease.
2. It Can Give You a Longer Life
Occasional Drinking can add a few more years to your life. Drinking less than four or two drinks per day for men and women respectively could reduce the risk of death, according to a study. The resveratrol i.e., a component that acts like an antioxidant, found in wine helps in regulating cell survival, thus giving you a longer life. So, if you keep your drinking habits in moderation you will have a 21% lower risk of mortality than those who never drank. Also, alcohol, wine above all, is the ideal partner of a dinner or lunch.
3. It Can Improve Your Sexual Life
Studies suggest that moderate drinking might actually protect against erectile dysfunction. In a study published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine 2009, researchers found that the chances of erectile dysfunction were reduced by 25-30% for alcohol drinkers. It can also heighten your sexual desires. Alcohol has a rich antioxidant profile that triggers nitric oxide production in the blood, which relaxes artery walls. This increases blood flow down south, giving rise to the feeling of sexual excitement.
4. It Helps Prevent Against the Common Cold
Although too much alcohol can worsen your cold by dehydrating your body, it seems that adequate drinking habits can help you in preventing to catch a cold in the first place. In 2002, according to the New York Times, Spanish researchers found that by drinking 8-14 glasses of wine per week, specifically red wine, one could notice a 60% reduction in the risk of developing a cold. All thanks to the antioxidants present in there!
5. It Helps You in Strengthening Your Bones & Muscles
People lose bone mass or density naturally as they age, which can lead to osteoporosis, and their bones become fragile or weakened. This is particularly common in postmenopausal women, who are more susceptible to bone disorders due to their naturally smaller bones and hormone changes after menopause. However, a study showed that moderate alcohol intake can actually slow down bone loss in women after menopause, potentially leading to a lower risk of developing any bone disorders. Researchers also said that alcohol’s anti-inflammatory properties can help prevent joints from aching and swelling if drinking is in moderation. Furthermore, people with arthritis who drink alcohol in moderation have less severe symptoms.
6. It Can Reduce the Risk of Gallstones
Drinking two units of alcohol per day can reduce the risk of gallstones by 1/3rd, according to researchers. The reason behind it is that consuming moderate amounts of alcohol helps in the production of bile in the body, which keeps gallstones from fully forming and thus, saving us from gallstones.
7. Lowers the Chance of Diabetes
Compiling data from 15 different studies it has been found that healthy adults who drink one to two glasses per day have a decreased chance of developing type 2 diabetes, in comparison to those who don’t drink at all. Healthy lifestyle habits have been noticed among those who report moderate alcohol use.
Should Wine be named the Queen of Alcoholic Beverages?
White & Red Wines are unquestionably rich in antioxidants and some studies suggest that they are good for weight loss as well. Furthermore, it also enhances exercise performance, improves muscle strength, and improves your memory and functioning of your heart. Another health benefit of drinking wine is that it helps in managing obesity and a metabolic fatty liver, due to a chemical called ellagic acid. This chemical actually slows down the growth of fat cells and stops new ones from being formed, which boosts the metabolism of fatty acids in liver cells.
Here’s a couple of reasons why you shouldn’t exceed the adequate consumption of alcohol:
- Don’t turn into a heavy drinker to save yourself from developing a fatty liver that can further give birth to irreversible alcoholic liver diseases.
- Do not be a chronic drinker if you want your brain cells to communicate properly and help you lead an independent life. (However, adequate or moderate alcohol consumption lowers the risk of dementia in older adults.)
- While people consume alcohol to suppress anxiety and depression for a short while, using it for chronic drinking will eventually worsen their mental health.
- Obesity is another major concern that demands you to keep your alcohol consumption amount under control. Alcoholic contains 7 calories per gram. (Whereas, moderate/ adequate drinking is linked to a reduced weight gain.)
In the end, alcohol is not something that you start consuming because of the health benefits associated with it. But, if you do then one must be aware of the thin line between alcohol consumption and alcohol abuse. Its effects can range from the positive well-being of your body to destroying your health, all depending upon your body type and drinking choices.