Myths about Alcohol and Your Health

While we’re all about the health benefits of liquor here, what we don’t want is for you to be walking around with a bunch of misconceptions – thinking that alcohol does things for your body that it does not. While the vitamins and nutrients in wine, beer, and other liquors can be incredibly beneficial in moderation, some things will never change.

Alcohol is Calorie Free

Despite this rumor, alcohol does contain calories – some more significant in count than others. It is important for you to pay attention to the number of calories in a glass of wine, beer, or liquor so that you don’t sabotage any weight loss plans you are on. Let’s take a look at a 12oz serving of beer as an example:

Lower calorie beers include Budweiser Select 55 (55 calories), Miller Genuine Draft 64 (64 calories), O’Doul’s (70 calories), Miller Light (96 calories), and Yuengling Light (98 calories). Higher calorie beers include Blue Moon (171 calories), Colt 45 Malt Liquor (174 calories), Olde English High Gravity 800 (220 calories), and Sierra Nevada Bigfoot (330 calories). With such large variations in the calorie counts, its easy to see how failure to moderate your intake could have a serious impact on your diet.

Alcohol is Not as Dangerous as Other Drugs

Alcohol, while legal and more widely used, is considered a drug. When use responsibly, alcohol can be a relaxing addition to your lifestyle. When abused, alcohol can be just as dangerous as any other drug, sometimes even more dangerous. Alcohol abuse is responsible for more deaths than the abuse of any street drug.

That’s not to say you can’t enjoy a drink now and then. We’ve already seen that red wine, beer, and vodka all have their own benefits. We simply stress the legal use of alcohol in moderation so that you can enjoy your tasty malt beverages without damaging your health.

There are No Health Benefits

Those totally against liquor still claim that alcohol has absolutely no health benefits. Don’t let these people fool you. There have been numerous scientific studies proving that beer, wine, and other liquors do actually contain healthy nutrients. Alcohol can reduce the risk of developing heart disease, diabetes, and maybe even cancer. The trick is, again, to drink enough alcohol to enjoy these benefits without overindulging, which will cause opposite, negative effects.

These are just a few of the most common myths about alcohol. We’ll work to dispel more as we continue our exploration into the healthier side of liquor!

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