"Alcohol may be man's worst enemy but Bible says, love your enemy." The celebrated American singer, actor and producer Frank Sinatra had said it once.
Notwithstanding what Frank Sinatra said, alcohol has several benefits provided it is consumed in moderate quantity.
Researches published by University College London has found that those who drink one glass of wine a week show a marked improvement in thought processes. Researchers said women might benefit more because of the different metabolism they have.
Before moving on to know the benefits and healing power of alcohol, let us understand the types of alcoholic beverages. They are Liqueurs, Spirits, Wines & Champagnes, Beers and Mixers.
Liqueurs: Liqueurs are flavoured spirits that are prepared by infusing fruits, flowers, wood and adding sugar into them while others are distilled from flavouring agents.
Spirits: Spirits are unsweetened, distilled alcoholic drinks that have an alcohol content of at least 20% ABV (Alcohol By Volume)
Spirits include Gin, Whisky, Rum, Tequila, Brandy and Vodka.
Let's know their benefits.
It is a colourless alcoholic beverage made by distilling grain spirit and adding berries.
Gin consists of Juniper berries that are healthy fruits and possess several benefits. These berries fight off coughs and lung congestion.
The name Gin is derived from either the French genièvre or the Dutch jenever, which both mean Juniper.
Vodka, the most popular alcoholic drink, across the globe comprises mostly ethanol, water, and some flavours. Scientific researches show how Vodka induces sleep. When consumed in decent quantities, it acts as a sleep inducer.
Yes, it's true. Whisky is a low carb drink. The moderate intake increases energy and decreases the desire for sugar (sucrose) intake, The American Society for Clinical Nutrition stated in 1991. Whisky helps in weight loss when consumed appropriately and the consumer undertakes required physical exercises.
Alzheimer's disease is a disease that destroys person's memory. A disease in which person forgets everything. Rum is known to prevent Alzheimer's disease and is good for the brain too.
Osteoporosis is a condition in which bones become weak and brittle. According to medical studies, tequila prevents osteoporosis.
Tequila is a regionally specific name for a distilled beverage made from the blue agave plant, grown in city of Tequila, 65 km north-west of Guadalajara in Mexico.
Brandy is an alcoholic liquor distilled from fermented fruit juice used in many cough syrups. It has the tendency to loosen up mucus in throat and respiratory system.
Red wine, which is of red colour, is derived from skins of dark-colored grapes.
Apart from preventing ageing of the skin, applying red wine on the face prevents breakouts. It also fights acne. Apply red wine to your face with the help of a cotton ball for twenty minutes and see the miracle.
In 2010, researchers at University of Wisconsin found that white wine prevents breast cancer. A research at Buffalo School of Medicines found that its moderate consumption improves lung health.
Refinery29, an American fashion, beauty and style website published a list of reasons which show that rose wine has low alcohol content. It is, therefore, a good substitute for addictive drinkers.
The risk of dementia is almost halved for those who drink moderate quantities of Champagne, researchers have proved. Dementia is a brain disease in which people do not have the ability to think and remember anything.
Lager, a type of beer that is conditioned at low temperature.It may be pale, golden or dark. Italian researchers proved that moderate beer drinkers had a 42 percent lower risk of heart disease compared to non-drinkers.
Ale is a beer with a sweet, full-bodied and fruity taste. An analysis by Dutch researchers indicates that the man who moderately drank ale for four years were less likely to be diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes.