12 Reasons Why You Should Have a Drink
Rucuss staffDecember 3, 2012
Don’t be scared to have a drink at the club.
As it turns out, it could possibly benefit you in the long run. Medical research reveals that there are benefits to moderately drinking alcohol. So go out with the girls or the fellas and enjoy a few margaritas, sangrias or cocktails, you deserve it!
Fitbie has put together a list of reasons why you should have a drink. Check out the list below.
You’ll Prevent Strokes
Think strokes were your parents’ problem? Think again: People younger than 55 currently make up about 19 percent of all stroke patients—up almost 50 percent from 1993, according to a new study published in Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. Luckily, by improving blood and oxygen flow and preventing blood clots that can block arteries to you brain, moderate alcohol consumption can reduce your risk of stroke, according to a recent study published in the journal Stroke.
You’ll Beat the Common Cold
Your favorite libation can cut down the cold virus. People who have one to two drinks a day have an 65 percent greater resistance to the cold than do those who shun the sauce, according to research published in the American Journal of Public Health. Researchers believe that alcohol’s anti-inflammatory effect may suppress the production of mucus while limiting the replication of cold viruses.
You’ll Cut Your Risk of Diabetes
Have one to two drinks of alcohol a day and you’ll reduce your risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 36 percent, according to research from the Harvard School of Public Health. Alcohol works its magic by promoting insulin secretion and helping glucose get inside cells, fueling their activity and reducing the amount of sugar in the bloodstream. Lowering your blood glucose levels can also lower your risk of developing the disease, which, according to the American Diabetes Association, affects 11.8 percent and 10.8 percent of men and women ages 20 and older, respectively.
You’ll Think Outside the Box
Got a real brainteaser on your hands? Have a drink. University of Illinois at Chicago researchers found that people with a blood alcohol level of 0.07 or higher were better at creative-solving tasks. That’s because alcohol helps the brain access remote ideas that through association, not (sober) linear analysis, according to researchers. Linear reasoning can actually keep people focused on unhelpful ideas and stunt problem-solving skills.
You’ll Slim Down
A recent study published in The Archives of Internal Medicine found that women who have one or two drinks a day are less likely to gain weight than those who abstain. The key lies in alcohol’s role in insulin secretion and blood sugar regulation. What’s more, your body requires a whole lot of energy to process alcohol, which can actually get your metabolism humming, Pace says. Your body wants to store excess glucose (or sugar) in your blood as fat, so if you keep your blood sugar in check, you can prevent packing on energy reserves around your waist. All alcohol contains seven calories per gram, so the mixes are what really make the caloric difference: Pace recommends using seltzer, tea, coffee, or natural fruit essences.
You’ll Make Friends
You probably didn’t need a study to tell you this, but here it is: Moderate amounts of alcohol can boost positive emotions and social bonding, according to University of Pittsburgh researchers. While alcohol is long known for lowering inhibitions, researchers are looking into why booze makes us bond. And the benefits don’t stop there. “Socialization has been long associated with a decreased risk of morbidity and better mental health,” Pace says.
You’ll Cut the Risk of Several Cancers
Overdo it, and alcohol can raise your risk of breast cancer, oral cancer, and more. But enjoy a glass or two a day and you can more than halve your risk of Hodgkin’s lymphoma (which originates and spreads from the lymph nodes), according to research published in the International Journal of Cancer. Alcohol has also been linked to a reduction in risk of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, thyroid cancer, and kidney cancer. Still, the exact reason is unknown.