Important Reasons to Drink Beer (A Drinker’s Bill of Defense)

You can point to these reasons that downing your brew is actually a good thing if you have ever been told that drinking beer was bad for you. 

Beat Diabetes

Diabetes is one of the fastest growing diseases in America. It can lead to serious health problems such as degenerating vision, foot problems, and the dependence on daily insulin injections. However, studies have shown that drinking (moderately) can help to mitigate many of the problems associated with this disease (for those who already suffer from it). It has also been shown to help prevent diabetes from developing.

Higher Brain Function

While you’re likely familiar with the way that too much alcohol can impair your brain’s ability to function correctly, studies cited by Forbes have actually shown that moderate consumption can boost your brain’s power, particularly in women. It can also help you stave off the possibility of developing dementia if you are aged 65 or older.

Rebuild Bone

Bone loss is a condition suffered by myriad people, including both men and women. While osteoporosis is likely the most common condition, there are others out there that can eat away at your bone density over time. Beer can help to prevent bone loss and actually rebuild bone in some instances. 

Feeling Better

While beer is certainly one of those beverages that can make you feel great, the benefits go far beyond the buzz offered. In fact, recent studies have shown that those who drink one to two beers per day actually feel better on a regular basis (even when they’re not drinking). 

Protection from Heart Disease

In America, the number one killer is not cancer or diabetes – it’s heart disease. A study during the past decade showed a 40 – 60% reduction in a person’s chance of developing heart disease if they drank moderately (rather than not at all). Of course, this is in conjunction with a healthy diet and lifestyle – beer can’t do anything to combat that triple cheeseburger with extra-large fries.

Prevent Blood Clots

Finally, beer consumption has been shown to help reduce the incidence of blood clots and thereby decrease your chances of having a stroke. 

As you can see, there’s quite a few good reasons that you should be drinking beer. However, it’s important that you remember these are all tied to moderate consumption of alcohol. Binging will reverse your benefits and cause a host of other problems (cirrhosis of the liver, for instance).

Posted on November 1, 2009 and filed under Reasons to Drink Beer.