Here’s news you can toast to tonight: Moderate alcohol consumption may be linked to a higher quality of life, finds a new study in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs.
Researchers analyzed the alcohol intake of more than 5,000 people over 14 years. The participants reported their alcohol consumption and health condition every four years. At the end of the study, the researchers found those who drank at least one alcoholic beverage a day—but never more than three per day for women or four for men—reported having a better quality of life than people abstaining from alcohol.
So why were the drinkers better off? The researchers aren’t exactly sure, but they believe that moderate drinking may give you more opportunities for social interaction. Previous research has linked stronger social circles with better mental and physical health, says Mark S. Kaplan, Dr.P.H., lead study author and professor of community health at Portland State University.
Don’t skew the findings, though: Binging on alcohol is not healthy. The key is, of course, moderation, Kaplan says. So after reading this story, go ahead and raise a glass—but not 4 or 5 or 6. Instead, make it a delicious beverage loaded with health benefits, like one of the three below.
This summer, pour yourself a glass of red wine. First of all, it’s filled with antioxidants, which snatch up DNA-damaging free radicals. Second of all, it may be capable of helping prevent sunburn. A study in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistryfound that the flavanoids in grapes work to stop the formation of ROSs (specific enzymes that kill healthy skin cells). But even though a glass of merlot may (partially) save you from the sun’s wrath, don’t leave home without the sunblock—you’ll never forget a bottle again once you see What Skin Cancer Looks Like.
This cocktail is crammed with antioxidants, vegetables, and incredible flavor—as long as you make it yourself. The Bloody Mary mix you get from the grocery store can be packed with high-fructose corn syrup and nearly a day’s worth of sodium. So if you’re looking for the ultimate recipe, learn how to Blend The Perfect Spicy Bloody Mary Mix.
For a heart-healthy beverage, grab a beer. A recent study published in the European Journal of Epidemiology found that moderate beer drinkers may be 30 percent less likely than nondrinkers to experience cardiovascular troubles, such as heart disease, stroke, and heart attacks. But what’s behind the brew’s benefits? Researchers credit the alcohol, polyphenols (antioxidants), and other non-alcoholic substances.
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