The Healthy Side Of Alcohol


So we all know that alcohol isn't great for the body. In fact it has been shown to be more harmful than some class C drugs, is one of the leading causes of accidental death in the U.K. and leads to numerous health issues....

There is however less well-known information about the benefits of drinking alcohol. Everything has some sort of benefit right?.....Right?

Well here I'm going to list some of the proven benefits of alcohol (but no I am not condoning a lifestyle of alcohol, nor am i advocating the absue of alcohol, there's much better things to drink out there....like i dunno...water maybe?).

<Inhales deeply>

If you are a straight liquor fan, have it served neat (on its own and meant to be sipped) and on the rocks (diluting it slightly with water).

Clear alcohol is less bad for your body than cloudy alcohol. One shot of vodka contains only 97 calories and no carbs, a shot of gin is 110 calories and no carbs. Wheras gingerale has 124 calroies and 32 grams of carbs in it.

For all you wine drinkers, a normal glass serving is 100-150 calories and 5 grams of carbs. The benefit from all those calories and carbs is that it contains within is antioxidant resveratrol, and a high concentration of it which studies have shown helps lower bad cholesterol (LDL for you nerds out there) and boosts good cholesterol (HDL)m reducing the risk of blood clots. Wine is also proven to reduce the risk of cancer, diabetes and depression.

For beer drinkers, well i'm afraid most beers are high in calories and carbs. Most beers contain around 133 calories and around 24 grams of carbs, and the beer belly...oh the humanity! If you can, have a light beer, but that looks silly to everyone else and light beers have low alcohol content. So to trade for more calories and carbs you get some benefits. Guinness and other stouts which have anti-oxidants in them, whilst stouts and lager both have soluble fibre and vitamin B12 in them.

That all seems a bit unhelpful as you aren't really going to remember all this at 2am with Calvin Harris turned up to "use sign language!" levels, having siffted through hundreds of sweaty strangers to get to a sticky and suspiciously smelly bar, slightly unaware that there's only one bartender and not two hazy bartenders moving in perfect syncronisation as you try to annunciate your words whilst trying to hold back a giant burp that you know will promote the twat who's been in the weird queue for half the time to be served before you.

So here's the list of the healthiest alcoholic drinks as compiled by a Certified Nutritonal Consultant and Master of Public Health Maren Robinson. the following drinks in the list are based on their nutrient value, caloric density, potential for obtaining fruit and veg servings, sugar content, antioxidant level and medicinal properties. A disclaimer however says that any potential benefits of any of these drinks is almost irrelevent if multiplied by four. A healthy drinking sesh is usually categorised as 1 drink for women, 2 for men (i don't make the rules I just laugh at them). Here goes!

1. Vodka soda (for weight-watching people)

2. Michelada (if you don't know what this is google it. Epic hangover cure too!)

3. Whiskey and Gin (reasons explained above)

4. Wine (reasons explained above. Contains flavanoids too!)

5. Manhattan (Vermouth only has 45 calories per ounce)

6. Mimosa/Bellini (orange/peach benefits combined with wine benefits too)

7. Guinness (reasons explained above. It's only 128 calories per pint)

8. Sangria (typically contains different fruit which helps in lots of ways)

9. Bloody Mary (healthiest drink out there. Contains tomatoes, horseradish and celery!)

Now for the responsible part.

There are benefits of alcohol and many studies show that, but in almost all cases the negatives outweight the positives, mostly from the simple fact that the body treats alcohol as a toxin, and can only store and deal with it in limited quantities at a time. Whilst it isn't recomended at all, doctors say your liver can deal with a really boozy night about once a fortnight if you want to give it a fighting chance to keep you healthy.

Always drink responsibly and within your own limits. There are good things about alcohol, but you don't have to be a dietry nutritionist to know something ain't right, even if the evidence for you is the morning after....dear god the hangovers.

P.S. according to the show "8 Out Of 10 Cats" the best way to prevent a hangover is to drink water between alcoholic drinks. I don't know if that has any medical validity, but it seems to be the best way.

Now enjoy your summer. I'll have a Magners....yes i like cider. Yes it's a man's drink. I don't care that it's not very strong. It tastes amazing and sweet actually. Stop judging me with your eyes. Well when you're in a near-vegatative state in the morning I'll be able to function at least to get to Alfresco's for a fry-up. Yeah that's what I thought. Ok, i'll get you one too.

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