The effect of alcohol drinking on our health is an ongoing debate within the scientific community. Scientist are yet to reach a final verdict on this popular subject. But, for now, most of them agree that alcohol consumption is just like taking medication. It depends on the dose. In other words, moderate is good, but too much can be lethal. Alcohol can prevent heart attacks. But, it can also cause cancer. It all depends on the choice of the drink and the amount a person drinks on a regular basis. Other than this, when it comes to alcoholic beverages, not all are created equal. Certain alcoholic beverages are proved to be healthier options than others. Here is a list of the best and worst drinks out there.
1. Beer, One of the Popular Alcoholic Beverages
Although serving of beer has approximately the same amount of calories as serving of wine, it ends up being more fattening than wine. This is mostly because people tend to drink more than one serving of beer in a single sitting due to the low alcohol content in beer. Other than that, beer, even in moderation, is said to increase consumer’s mortality rate. Simply put, beer just doesn’t compete with wine in health benefits. If you haven’t started drinking beer by now, don’t worry, you aren’t depriving your body of anything essential.
2. Wine – Red, White and Sparkling
A glass of wine a day keeps the doctor away. There are definitely some benefits to drinking wine moderately, be it red, white or sparkling wine. Red wine is packed with antioxidants, which help to reduce cholesterol levels and keep your heart healthy. Red wine is also beneficial to slow down aging. White wine is said to be good for your lungs. Sparkling wine has fewer calories than red wine, making it a good option, if you want to control your calorie intake. Of course, you’ll get all these benefits only if you drink these alcoholic beverages moderately. Excessive drinking is the leading cause of many health problems ranging from heart disease, liver problems to mental health issues.
3. Unflavored Spirits
Spirits are distilled alcoholic beverages with a high alcohol content and low level of carbohydrates. The great thing about spirits is that they have a few calories making them a good option for those, who are on a diet. But, would still like to have a drink or two. This, however, does not include liquors, which are spirits with sugar added to them. This makes them high in calorie content. But vodka, tequila or slivovitz, on the other hand, will give you the heart-healthy benefits without worrying about calories.
4. A Wide Range of Cocktails
Cocktails are colorful and exciting. But, most of them provide absolutely no health benefits. Luckily cocktails are not meant to be consumed daily. They’re more of a special occasion drink crafted by skillful bartenders. The problem with cocktails is their combination of alcohol and sugars. Our body finds it hard to process alcohol, combine that with carbohydrates abundant in cocktails. And, you’re giving your body a hard time. A serving of Pina Colada, for example, has almost 500 calories. Such a high amount of calories makes for a whole meal. This should be a reason enough to stay away from cocktails, when struggling to keep a healthy weight.
5. Alcohol Combined with Energy Drinks
The combination of the two is said to wreck havoc on our body. Caffeine, a common ingredient in energy drinks, masks the effects of alcohol and makes a person drink more than they normally would. The two combined to cause a range of physical side effects such as racing heart and anxiety. In the long run, this can lead to panic attacks and heart problems. These types of DIY cocktails are very popular because it helps people to stay up all night. It gives them an energy boost. But, considering the detrimental side effects you’d be better off without these kinds of experimental drinks.
When it comes to drinking alcohol, you might get the benefits from the right choice of drinks and moderate consumption. Although, there is a definitive link between drinking and longevity, this doesn’t mean you necessarily have to drink to stay healthy. Doctors will tell you that a healthy lifestyle with regular exercising is equally beneficial for your heart and mood as much as a glass of wine daily.
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