The pillars of good health are diet, exercise, and maybe tequila. OK, maybe not. But it’s not as far off as you’d think.
As we kick off 2018, and the youngest millennials have turned 21, it seems like an appropriate time for us to explore alcohol consumption.
“Young people drinking” isn’t exactly a new phenomenon. But the difference is that millennials today drink more liquor than their predecessors did at their age. One reason might be due to the heavy influence of social media, which portrays excessive alcohol drinking as something cool kids do.
Drinking alcohol is definitely not risk-free, but it does have possible health benefits. Let’s take a look at some that moderate alcohol consumption may provide.
Red is the color of the heart
Red wine has long been considered as the ultimate secret to a healthy heart. But you don’t have to crack a bottle of Merlot every now and then. Moderate intake of any boozy beverage can cut your risk of heart disease by up to 40 percent, according to the Harvard School of Public Health. Pinot Noir, a popular variety of wine, contains more disease-fighting antioxidants than any other alcoholic beverage.
Curse of the ‘beer belly’
Beat the myth of the “belly.” A 2010 study published in The Archives of Internal Medicine found that people who had one or two drinks a day were less likely to gain weight. A bottle of light beer will surely do the trick.
Reduce Risk of Diabetes
A 2005 report published in Diabetes Care found that moderate amounts of alcohol—up to a drink a day for women, and up to two a day for men—reduces risk of type 2 diabetes by up to 30 percent.
Always remember that consuming too much alcohol can be damaging to the body. While alcohol does not pose a risk to health on its own, abusing it can lead to liver disease and other fatal conditions. So, drink moderately to ensure a healthier lifestyle.