Of Course Beer is Good For You!

Why Drinking Craft Beer Is Awesome For Your Health


As backyard BBQ and beer guzzling season fast approaches I’ve been doing a good bit of wondering about the effects of all that guzzling on my health.  Could the Guinness people have been right?  Could it be good for me?  Certainly not.  Luckily for me, Dr. Mack Mitchell, the President of the ABMRF/The Foundation of Alcohol Research met with a room full of the nation’s best craft brewers at the Craft Brewing Conference this morning and I managed to sneak in unnoticed, beer in hand, towards the back of the room.

“What we know is that moderate consumption of alcoholic beverages, particularly beer and wine, is associated with reduced risks of heart disease in both men and women,” Dr. Mitchell said.  Wahoo!!!

Like most things in the world though, it appears that the Buddhists had it right: take the middle path.  That is, drink moderately and there seems to be some real benefits to your health.  More specifically, drink a couple of beers or a couple of glasses of wine with your dinner and chances are you’ll be less likely to develop heart disease or a stroke.  As always, there’s a kicker, and in this case it’s that you still have to eat your veggies, not smoke, exercise, and blah, blah, blah.  But the real twist is that drinking only seems to be beneficial if you do it in moderation.  So much for guzzling my way to eternal life.

“We’re all going to die, that’s not a question,” Dr. Mitchell said.  Shit!  Why haven’t I heard about this?  “So if you’re going to die prematurely, is that more likely to happen if you drink in moderation or not at all?”  It turns out that your chances of dying prematurely are reduced by 15-20% with moderate alcohol consumption.  Which, when you think about it, is a pretty good pick up.  I certainly didn’t really need a guy who used to teach at Johns Hopkins to tell me to drink my beer with dinner, but it is definitely some advice I can get behind.



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