Science Shows The Health Benefits Of Drinking Whiskey | Men's Health Magazine Australia

Why It’s Time You Started Drinking Whiskey

There’s something alluring about an old bottle of whiskey. The faded label is symbolic of the time and effort that goes into producing the spirit while the intricate engravings that adorn the bottle are a testament to the craft involved in creating the perfect drop.

But the quality of the spirit isn’t the only reason you should consume Scotch neat, or on the rocks. Countless studies continue to provide evidence of the untold benefits of savouring the occasional single malt.

It Can Lower Risk of Dementia

Yep you read that right. While excessive alcohol consumption can be detrimental to brain health, science has shown moderate drinking has the opposite effect. According to research conducted by the Beth Israel Deconness Medical Centre in the US, consuming one to six alcoholic drinks a week halves the risk of Dementia. And who can forget the 111-year-old lady who credits whisky as the secret to long life?

Nervous? Have A Drink

If you’re feeling on edge, a great way to calm your nerves is to pour yourself of a glass. And there’s a scientific reason for it. According to specialists at the Peter Munk Cardiac Centre in Toronto, Canada, just one drink a day helps boost blood circulation and oxygenation, lowering your heart rate and alleviating anxiety. However, don’t get too excited. Binge drinking will likely to lead to more stress. 

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It’ll Help You Shake Off That Nasty Cold 

The moment your throat starts tickling or your nose starts running, it’s normal to think that this is how it ends. But fortunately, whiskey can help you shake off some of the symptoms of a cold. “The alcohol dilates blood vessels a little bit, and that makes it easier for your mucus membranes to deal with the infection,” Dr. William Schaffner, chair of preventive medicine at Vanderbilt University Medical Centretold ABC News.

Prevent Heart Disease

Again, we can’t make this stuff up. Findings published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition suggest that downing a shot of the spirit once a week will increases the body’s level of anti-oxidants, helping to protect against coronary heart disease.

“For those of us looking for the lower calorie option, whisky offers a great alternative to drinks such as beer. It can be enjoyed in a tall refreshing highball, neat or in your next classic cocktail, just to name a few” adds Glenfiddich Brand Ambassador, Luke Sanderson, who recently helped launch the brand’s new single malt, Winter Storm. 

It’ll Reduce Your Risk Of Stroke

Not only can the odd tipple help prevent a heart attack, it also reduces your risk of stroke, at least according to according to Harvard University. Just make sure you’re not knocking back more than four drinks a day. Results suggest it can cause “increased risk of of hypertension, abnormal heart rhythms, stroke, heart attack, and death.”

By Mens Health Staff

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