While heading to a wine bar every weekend to drink enough alcohol so that you can no longer stand, you can’t remember the events that transpired that evening and you wake up the next day with the worst headache known to humankind is not good for your body, there are some health benefits to alcohol consumption. Binge drinking can damage your liver and lead to an early death. However, by partaking in the correct sorts of alcohol and in moderation, you could find yourself improving certain aspects of your health. Take a look at how you can reassess your intake of alcohol and lead a more positive and healthy lifestyle.
Preventing Cardiovascular Disease
There are often stories in the press about how drinking a glass of red wine in an evening with a meal can help promote good heart health. The general consensus is that red wine can help boost the high-density lipoprotein within the bloodstream meaning that your levels of good cholesterol can rise. This promotes better health and can prevent heart disease. Higher levels of this protein can also prevent blood clots leading to fewer instances of stroke or heart attack.
It Can Give You A Few More Years
Drinking moderately can actually lengthen your life. By whipping out the Oddbins champagne and enjoying a tipple every now and again without drinking to excess, you are generally in a positive frame of mind. Drinking a glass in the evenings with food with the rest of the day teetotal tends to be the most effective way to enjoy the life lengthening benefits.
Banish The Common Cold
The common cold is the bane of every human being’s existence. However, if you drink a glass of red wine a day, you may be able to see your risk of developing a cold decrease by up to sixty per cent. While smoking and excessive alcohol consumption can lead to a weakened immune system, the antioxidants present in your favourite Rioja or Pinot Noir can help ward off bugs and lurgy.
Alcohol can help prevent Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. While scientists are unsure of why this might be the case, the theory is that alcohol can cause the cells within the body, including the brain, to undergo a level of stress. This could make them more resilient to conditions such as dementia. By drinking occasionally, you could, in effect, train your brain cells to withstand future shocks that may increase as you get older.
Drinking alcohol should never be promoted. Those people who are teetotal out of choice shouldn’t begin drinking simply to reap the health benefits. At the same time, the health benefits from consuming moderate amounts of alcohol shouldn’t be misconstrued to mean that individuals can drink to excess whenever they feel like it. It is a fine balance to ensure that the health benefits from occasional to moderate drinking can be realised.
So, can alcohol be healthy? Yes, but only by drinking one glass of wine a day, and this should be with an evening meal akin to a more Mediterranean diet. I’m up for that!