You may have heard of the ill effects of alcohol and all the negative consequences involved with it. The most common diseases binge drinking may cause are Cirrhosis, liver disease, and breast cancer. Overindulging in your favorite alcoholic drink may give you a terrible hangover the next morning and also lead to alcohol abuse.
However, some studies have shown that drinking alcohol in moderation can be beneficial for your health in some surprising ways.
So, this is our list of five ways that drinking alcohol in moderation might benefit your health.
1. Red wine aid weight loss
A study from Washington State University and Harvard Medical School claimed that a polyphenol called ‘resveratrol’ which is present in red wine helps in losing fat. The resveratrol converts white fat into obesity-fighting beige fat and this fat is much easier to lose. Wine consumption has many other benefits. The above effects were observed in postmenopausal women.
2. Lowers The Chance Of Diabetes
A research study shows that people who drink in moderation can help lower your risk of diabetes. Healthy adults who consume one to two drinks per day have 40 percent fewer chances of developing this disease compared to non-drinkers. The consumption of 15 grams of alcohol per day may help prevent diabetes.
3. Moderate alcohol consumption can lead to a longer life
According to a study, drinking moderately might help you live longer by adding a few years to your life. “Little amounts, preferably during meals, this appears to be the right way (to drink alcohol),” said Dr. Giovanni de Gaetano of Catholic University, an author at the Catholic University of Campobasso study. So, maybe you don’t need to give up on your habit of drinking.
4. There might also be a reduced risk of gallstones
According to the researchers at the University of East Anglia, consuming two to three glasses of alcohol per day can reduce the risk of gallstones by one-third. Moderate drinking may reduce stone formation by helping in the production of bile, which keeps gallstones from fully forming and increase gallbladder motility.
5. You might decrease your chances of dementia
In a series of studies as reported in the journal Neuropsychiatric Disease and Treatment, moderate drinkers were 23 % less likely to develop cognitive impairment or Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. However, if consumed in excess, alcohol may alter the brain structure and lead to cognitive impairment.