10 good reasons to drink one beer a day
Your ancestors drank beer. The Sumerians in the cradle of civilization brewed beer as many as 5,000 years ago, according to the History Channel. They even had a goddess of beer, Ninkasi. Our forefathers were wise to make a good brew. Beer can be surprisingly healthy.
However, remember the key to good health is moderation. Binge drinking on a Friday night will do way more damage, and it would be unwise to justify poor habits with false science. However, as you’ll see below, a pint a day could do some good:
1. Heart health. WebMD reports a study of more than 1.9 million British adults, which found that people who are in the habit of drinking a total of 7 pints over the course of one week have a lower risk of heart attack, heart failure and sudden heart death, compared with nondrinkers.
2. Reduce risk of stroke. The same study discussed on WebMD found occasional beer drinkers had a 12 percent decreased risk of ischemic stroke, compared with nondrinkers. On the flip side, heavy drinkers have a 33 percent increased risk of ischemic stroke.
3. Increase creativity. Hunter Thompson, James Joyce and Ernest Hemingway were all as famous for their drinking habits as they were for their writing acumen. According to a study reported by Men’s Health, people with a blood alcohol level of 0.075 were faster verbal puzzle solvers than their sober competitors.
4. Reduce risk of kidney stones. Men’s Health reports a Finnish study found a beer a day lowers the risk of developing kidney stones by an astounding 40 percent.