It’s commonly quoted that a little red wine can be good for the heart but are there any other benefits to sipping on alcohol? While overindulging is never beneficial to our health, there are some other positive things you can tout when pouring that glass after a long day of work or travel.
We took a look at published scientific studies, to see what researchers have found when it comes to booze and health. You’ll be happily surprised to learn we found a lot of great benefits.
Findings in a 29-year study, published in The Journals of Gerontology, found that men who were wine drinkers had a 34% lower total mortality rate relative to those who were beer or spirit drinkers. The results also found that wine drinkers had a better quality of life.
BMC Medicine published a study, which followed 5,505 high-risk men and women, finding that moderate alcohol intake (5-15 grams/day) had a lower risk of depression. Good news if you’re a wine lover, those who consumed two to seven glasses a week had significantly lower rates of depression. It should be noted, however, that heavy drinkers had a higher risk of depression.
A study published in Neuroepidemiology sought to determine whether cognitive decline was more prevalent in drinkers or non-drinkers. Those who had anywhere from one drink weekly to two drinks daily faired better in a telephone interview that tested cognitive status. Who knew that alcohol could be “protective” towards your mental state?
The Harvard School of Public Health published a study in the Annals of Internal Medicine that examined the risk of heart attacks for men who had high blood pressure and drank moderately. Almost 12,000 people were analyzed and it was found that consuming one to two drinks a day was associated with a decreased risk of myocardial infarction.
Author: Allison Klibanoff