Weekend cheer: Here’s everything you need to know about wine, whiskey and beer

Hindustan Times Aug 12, 2017 03:07 am
Beer and yoga seem to pair well; beer yoga is a big trend globally and is now gaining popularity in India.
Beer and yoga seem to pair well; beer yoga is a big trend globally and is now gaining popularity in India.

Alcohol lovers can take heart. A lot of recent research has highlighted its positive effects, apart from the intoxicating high it offers. The caveat: you need to have it in moderation. Excess alcohol has been seen to shrink the brain regions related to memory and even increase risk of skin cancer. Here’s what the latest research has to say:

Before writing or brainstorming, have a glass of wine. (Shutterstock)

1) Beer and wine can help relieve a creative block.

A small glass of wine or a pint of beer helps unleash creativity, Austrian scientists have found. “It might well work for someone who is sitting down to do creative writing or brainstorming ideas in a boardroom,” said the lead researcher.

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2) Moderate drinking may affect longevity, keep dementia at bay.

New research has found that older adults who consume alcohol moderately on a regular basis are more likely to live to the age of 85 without dementia or other cognitive impairments than non-drinkers. “This study is unique because we considered men and women’s cognitive health at late age and found that alcohol consumption is not only associated with reduced mortality, but with greater chances of remaining cognitively healthy into older age,” said senior author Linda McEvoy, associate professor at University of California San Diego School of Medicine.

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Alcohol can reduce your risk of diabetes. (Shutterstock)

3) Consuming alcohol frequently can keep diabetes at bay.

According to a recent study, drinking alcohol can significantly protect against diabetes. Frequent alcohol consumption is associated with a reduced risk of diabetes in both men and women, according to the study, with alcohol consumption over three-four days a week gives the lowest risk of diabetes.

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4) Is Beer yoga for you? Come forth, here is an asana that brings cheer.

Beer yoga originated in Nevada in 2014 as part of the Burning Man festival and slowly spread to Australia, Germany, UK and now, India. However, it became big in Germany (birthplace of beer), where it was termed as Bieryoga. What’s the big fuss you ask? It’s just a regular yoga class with a bottle of beer to take sips from.

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5) A glass a day of alcohol is good for your heart.

Nutritional epidemiologist Karin Michels from the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, USA says that alcohol cleans out your coronary arteries. “So, if you have a strong family history of coronary artery disease, it may help you,” Michels says.

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