A few of us here at Northern Brewer have bitten the bullet and committed to a dry January…otherwise known as the world’s longest month. Because as soon as the word got out, seems like every brewer in the building brought in some tantalizing bottle they needed notes on, ASAP. But the dry spell is over, and we’re ready to get back to enjoying these health benefits. If you celebrated Drynuary, too, here’s to you and welcome back!
Sure, you probably have beer to thank for helping you meet your girlfriend, spurring some of your greatest stories, and bringing out your worst dance moves. But it turns out there are tons of other awesome, scientifically proven reasons to love a good brew.
Beer could safeguard your heart, boost your immunity, protect your bones, and more. Ready, set, drink up.
1. Keep your ticker ticking.
Wine usually gets all the credit as the booze that helps cut back your cardiovascular disease risk, but beer may be just as heart-healthy of a beverage.
Italian researchers found that moderate beer drinkers had a 42 percent lower risk of heart disease compared to non-drinkers. For maximum protection, keep your consumption to one pint—at around 5 percent alcohol by volume—a day, the researchers say.
2. Think like a genius.
Knocking back a beer or two won’t make you smarter, but it could boost your creativity, according to a study in the journal Consciousness and Cognition.
When 40 men watched a movie while completing verbal puzzles, beer-buzzed guys with a blood alcohol content of .075 solved the problems a few seconds faster than their sober counterparts.
3. Prevent type 2 diabetes.
Dutch researchers analyzed 38,000 male health professionals and found that when men who weren’t big boozers began drinking moderately over 4 years, they were significantly less likely to be diagnosed with type 2 diabetes.
Increased alcohol consumption over time didn’t lower the risk in men who already had a couple drinks a day, so moderation is the key word here.