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How Much Alcohol is Healthy?

Many of us are aware that drinking alcohol in excess is not healthy. Yet several types of alcohol have good properties when only consumed in small portions. So, when offered a drink before or with dinner, during a cocktail party, or in celebration, choose wisely.

What Makes Alcohol Harmful?

Alcohol is not nutritional, and some types can be high in calories. Beer, made from grains, can have a high carbohydrate and sugar content. That doesn’t mean you have to avoid it altogether, but be mindful, especially if you have a problem maintaining your blood sugar levels. Consider a glass of light beer, instead, lower in carbs, sugar, and alcohol and making it an overall healthier choice.

According to the Mayo Clinic, other health risks associated with excessive alcohol use include, but are not limited to:

  • Liver disease
  • Pancreatitis
  • High blood pressure
  • Stroke
  • Alcoholic cardiomyopathy
  • Some types of cancer
  • Health risks to unborn children

However, when choosing not to drink much alcohol, healthy drinks that you consume in moderation can have redeeming features including rosé wine, rum, and whiskey.

Benefits of Healthy Alcohol Consumption

The next time you want to sip a glass of wine, consider rosé. Rosé like red wines contains micronutrients called polyphenols which aid in the prevention of atherosclerosis, or plaque build-up in the arteries. Both also contain antioxidants, but red wine will have more calories.

Speaking of antioxidants, whiskey has them. If you are trying to keep a cold at bay, one shot of whiskey may aid in your efforts. Also, one antioxidant found in whiskey, ellagic acid, is known to slow down the growth of cancer cells. Ellagic acid can also be found in a variety of berries and nuts.

Rum, in moderation, can reduce anxiety and aid mental health. Mixing one 1.5-ounce serving with cola or ginger ale can temporarily relieve nervousness but should not become a habit.

Cheers, drinking three glasses of champagne a week may aid in the prevention of memory loss, according to England’s University of Reading. More specifically, a phenolic compound found in two types of grapes used in the making champagne, is the contributing factor. While it may aid in slowing down various types of memory loss, England’s National Health Service warns there is “no hard evidence champagne can prevent dementia.”

Consider the Whole You before Taking a Drink

Unless you have been otherwise instructed by a health professional, a limited amount of alcohol won’t detract from your health and can have some benefits. Have questions? The Apollo Medical Associates team will be happy to take a look at the whole picture with you. It is important to consider the body as a whole with relationship to diet and healthy alcohol consumption

Feel free to contact our offices for an appointment. Let us evaluate you and help determine whether that occasional drink is healthy, or could be a hindrance, for your whole-body healthiness.

Additional Sources:

https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/in-depth/alcohol/art-20044551

https://www.healthline.com/health/ellagic-acid

https://www.alzheimers.net/12-09-15-how-drinking-champagne-may-prevent-alzheimers/

 

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