So we are sure that you have heard the many different claims supporting the healthy side of drinking. Any excuse right? Well, we still believe that old saying “a glass a day, keeps the doctor away” and here are some reasons to support the occasional indulgence.
*Disclaimer*: Alcohol is still inherently bad for you, though it may help fight certain illnesses it can also cause others. As with everything please do not use this info as an excuse to drink to excess. This is all meant for moderate drinking and as always, speak with your doctor before hand.
10. Red wine lowers risk of lung cancer
Studies performed by the California Men’s Health Study showed that on average a 2% lower lung cancer risk associated with each glass of red wine consumed per month.
9. Alcohol can boost “good” cholesterol
One alcoholic drink a day can boost good cholesterol which is an essential ingredient in the fight against heart disease. According to scientists at the University of Calgary in Canada, 14-25% of people who consume one drink a day are less likely to develop heart disease than those who drink no alcohol at all.
8. Moderate alcohol intake helps heart recovery
Two alcoholic drinks a day over a long period gave heart attack survivors a 42% lower risk of dying from heart disease than non-drinkers, researchers found.
7. Two glasses of wine “improves quality of life”
The Boston University School of Medicine has shown that regularly drinking of moderate amounts of alcohol may improve “quality of life” for middle-aged adults. The quality of life was measured using the Health Utilities index, which looks at factors including dexterity, emotion, cognition and mobility.
6. Alcohol may cut arthritis risk
Drinking more than three glasses a week for at least 10 years halves the risk of rheumatoid arthritis, researchers found.
5. Drinking alcohol makes you smarter
People who consume as little as a single drink of alcoholic beverage per week have significantly greater cognitive functioning and sharper thought processes. These latest findings on the benefits of alcohol come from a study of the long-term health of civil servants, known as the Whitehall Study, established in 1967. Sir Michael Marmot, professor of epidemiology and public health, led the analysis, which involved giving psychometric tests to all subjects. The questions ranged from verbal and mathematical reasoning to tests of short-term memory.
4. Alcohol can help head injuries
A dose of alcohol may be a good treatment for people with head injuries, emergency doctors suggest. They suggest that possible reasons could be that alcohol dampens the body’s inflammatory response to injury. But they also stressed that alcohol can cause medical complications and is contributory to many accidents.
3. Moderate drinking may be good for your bones
Drinking a moderate amount of alcohol as part of a healthy lifestyle may benefit women’s bone health, lowering their risk of developing osteoporosis.
2. Lose weight with a glass of wine
In a study published in the Journal of Biological Chemistry, researchers from Purdue University say they’ve found a compound in red wine, grapes, blueberries and passion fruit that blocks immature fat cells’ ability to develop and grow.
1. Alcohol is a Poison Antidote
This last one is a doosy.
Australian doctors said they plugged a poisoned Italian tourist into a vodka drip after running out of the medicinal alcohol they would normally have used to save his life.
The 24-year-old Italian was diagnosed as having ingested a large quantity of ethylene glycol, a common ingredient in antifreeze that can cause renal failure.
Pure alcohol is often given in treating such cases because it can inhibit the toxic effects of ethylene glycol.
Dr. Pascal Gelperowicz at Mackay Base Hospital where the man was taken for treatment said he was given pharmaceutical-grade alcohol on arrival, but that the hospital’s supplies soon ran out.
“We quickly used all the available vials of 100 percent alcohol and decided the next best way to get alcohol into the man’s system was by feeding him spirits through a nasogastric tube,” Gelperowicz said in a statement.
“The patient was drip-fed about three standard drinks an hour for three days in the intensive care unit,” he said. “The hospital’s administrators were also very understanding when we explained our reasons for buying a case of vodka.”
Read more about these health claims from the creators of this list at Gizmodo