The Surprising Effects of Alcohol on Your Body.
Well, I thought since it’s Christmas time, I’ll have a look at alcohol.
Even though the days of me throwing up on my friend’s shoes have long gone, I have discovered that IN MODERATION alcohol has some surprising health benefits!
Depending on the individual’s body makeup and type, moderate alcohol consumption can:-
- Lower Your risk of cardiovascular disease.
Alcohol raises ‘good’ cholesterol, promotes better insulin sensitivity and improves factors that influence blood clotting.
- Lengthen Your Life.
A study has reported that drinking less than 4 drinks for men and less than 2 drinks for women per day, could reduce the risk of death by 18%. Small amounts with meals appear to be the right way to drink alcohol.
- Improve Your Libido! (though personally, it makes me want to go to sleep!)
In a study published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine, researchers found that the chances of erectile dysfunction were reduced by 25 to 30% among alcohol drinkers.
- Help to prevent the common cold.
Spanish researchers found that drinking 8 to 14 glasses of red wine per week, reduced the risk of developing a cold by 60%.
- Decrease the chance of developing dementia.
Another study showed that moderate drinkers were less likely to develop cognitive impairment or Alzheimer’s Disease and other forms of dementia.
- Reduce the risk of gallstones.
Drinking 2 units of alcohol per day can reduce the risk of gallstones by a 1/3, according to researchers at the University of East Anglia.
- Lower the chance of developing diabetes.
A Dutch study showed that healthy adults who drink 1 to 2 glasses per day have a decreased chance of developing type 2 diabetes, in comparison to those who don’t drink at all.
- Be less likely to develop rheumatoid arthritis.
A 2010 study, published in the Journal of Rheumatology, showed that people who don’t drink are almost 4 times more likely to have rheumatoid arthritis than those who have at least 1 drink, 3 times a week.
And finally, alcohol can:-
- Reduce the less severe symptoms of arthritis.
Amongst other more negative effects of alcohol, drinking too much will compromise your immune system. Therefore, you should minimise your alcohol consumption, especially during this pandemic.
So, if you drink, enjoy your tipple. Don’t go over the top and don’t get behind the wheel of your car. Please be sensible. And no, drinking alcohol won’t kill the virus!
medicaldaily.com, mayoclinic.org, healthline.com, livestrong.com, insider.com, euro.who.int