Frank Sinatra is remembered for many things, but perhaps his most widely used attitude was his special relationship with whisky. Even for his fans it’s hard to listen to his songs without a stiff drink in your hand. And Ol’ Blue Eyes would have it any other way.
Also Mark Twain, the man lauded as the father of American literature, famously uttered the timeless words, “Too much of anything is bad, but too much good whiskey is barely enough.”
As it happens, there are some bona fide health benefits to copious whiskey consumption that you can remember next time you want to enjoy some.
Whisky is good for dieters
Losing that winter weight or preparing a summer body in shape can be harder than you imagine—especially during BBQ season. Luckily, a single shot of whiskey has zero carbs and zero fat, and according to LiveStrong.com it’s one of the best alcohols you can consume while on a diet.
If you’re trying to cut calories without cutting fun, whiskey is actually an excellent choice!
3 glasses of whisky per week can help lower risk of dementia
According to a 2003 case study, adults who consumed 1 to 6 drinks a week were almost half as likely to suffer dementia than non-drinkers and people who consumed 7 to 13 drinks a week.
What we are wondering is whether those 6 drinks need to be spaced out over the entire week, or if we can do them all in one night. Hm!
Fight cancer, drink whisky
The same anti-oxidants found in red wine that help fighting your body’s susceptibility to cancer are the same ones found in whiskey.
Drinking malt whisky may help prevent cancer, a scientific conference has been told.
Dr Jim Swan, a consultant to the drinks industry, said:
There has been much in the news about the health benefits of antioxidants in red wine. By contrast, very little has been said about malt whisky distillery science.
Rumors that single malt whiskey may be a tool to combat cancer have begun circulating lately. Whether it actually holds any water has yet to be proven.
However, Cancer Research UK remains unconvinced. The agency has raised concerns that what Dr Swan and his supporters are pushing might mislead consumers into drinking excessive amounts of whiskey just to avoid cancer.
Cancer Research noted that liquor intake can eventually lead to certain kinds of cancer, such as those in the esophagus, throat, mouth, bowel and liver. Dr Swan’s idea that whiskey can prevent cancer also received criticism, owing mostly to an absence of population data supporting them.
Whisky can calm you down
According to researchers at the Cardiac Centre in Toronto, one drink of either red wine or alcohol a day is not just good for the heart, but also helps with blood circulation and oxygenation.
Just remember to keep it close to one drink, as too many can cause you harm and you will miss all the benefits that glass may have.
Whisky can prevent strokes
A new study at Harvard on the benefits of alcohol consumption, a single glass of whiskey a day may help prevent ischemic strokes. The study begins with, “It’s safe to say that alcohol is both a tonic and a poison” which we think is pretty damn poetic.
The difference lies mostly in the dose. Moderate drinking seems to be good for the heart and circulatory system, and probably protects against type 2 diabetes and gallstones. Heavy drinking is a major cause of preventable death in most countries.
In the U.S., alcohol is implicated in about half of fatal traffic accidents.
For woman with no history of alcoholism who is at moderate to high risk for heart disease, the possible benefits of a daily drink must be balanced against the small increase in risk of breast cancer.
Alcohol’s two-faced nature shouldn’t come as a surprise. The active ingredient in alcoholic beverages, a simple molecule called ethanol, affects the body in many different ways.
It directly influences the stomach, brain and liver. Also it alters mood, concentration, and coordination.
So, if you already drink alcohol or plan to begin, keep it moderate—no more than two drinks a day for men or one drink a day for women. Cheers!