Sunday, November 16, 2014

The 15 Healthiest Alcoholic Drinks

Everyone tends to focus on the negative effects of drinking too much. In reality, the key part of that sentence is “too much.” Doing anything in excess is bad for you, and many studies have proven that drinking in moderation can have tremendous health benefits. Believe it or not, beer is in the running for the healthiest of all alcoholic beverages. It has antibiotic, antimicrobial, and antifungal properties. It has been proven that drinking up to 3 beers a day decreases your risk of heart disease by around 30% and it also lowers your risk of getting diseases like diabetes. Beer is also chock full of important vitamins and minerals that you need to survive.

Red Wine


Probably tied with beer as the healthiest of all alcoholic beverages is Red Wine. Much like beer, there is a lot of evidence that 1 or 2 glasses of red wine a day will put you at a much lower risk for heart disease. It’s also full of antioxidants and helps prevent a wide variety of cancers. Maybe the most surprising health benefit of red wine is that it’s really good for your teeth. It works to harden tooth enamel and prevent decay.

White Wine


White wine has many of the same health benefits as it’s red counterpart, but some to a slightly lower degree. It contains slightly less antioxidants than red, but it has similar effects in preventing heart disease.

Bocce Ball


The Bocce Ball is a mixed drink made from orange juice and amaretto. The vitamin C in the orange juice will help boost your immune system and keep you hydrated while drinking.



The Michelada is a seemingly strange combination of beer, worcetershire sauce, and lime juice. This super drink gives you all the positive effects of beer with the antioxidant and vitamin C benefits of worcestershire sauce and lime juice.



The Mojito is a combination of sugar syrup, fresh lime, rum, and garnished with mint leaves. Rum, when consumed in moderation, has the ability to lower your risk for heart disease and the fresh lime contains vitamin C and antioxidants. Try substituting honey for the syrup as an even healthier option.



Being as Champagne is essentially carbonated white wine you get all the same health benefits as a standard glass of white wine, with one very interesting added bonus. Scientists have recently discovered a corelation between 1 or 2 glasses of champagne a day and a sizable increase in spacial memory. So not only is it good for your body, but it’s also good for your mind.



Sangria is a pretty healthy drink over all. Sangria takes all the benefits of red wine, which has already been described on this list as one of the healthiest alcoholic beverages in existence, and fortifies it with the essential vitamins and minerals of a variety of fresh fruit.

Hot Toddy


Of all the drinks on this list, the Hot Toddy is the only one believed to serve as a cure for the common cold and the flu. It’s a concoction of water, whiskey, brown sugar, and honey, served hot on a cold wet day.



Mimosa gives you all the previously covered benefits of drinking champagne and infuses it with the added benefit of vitamin C from orange juice. It also gives you a great excuse to start drinking before noon.

Bloody Mary


If you’re like most Americans, it’s likely that there aren’t nearly enough veggies in your diet. The Bloody Mary is a great way to get all your servings of veggies and get a buzz at the same time.



It might sound surprising but there are actually several health benefits to drinking whiskey. For starters it’s low carb and has zero fat, and if that’s not enough to sell you it also has been proven that whiskey can help prevent certain cancers. It contains even more of the antioxidant ellagic acid than red wine and studies show that drinking 6 glasses of whiskey a week significantly lowers your risk of dementia.

Fizzy Lemonade


The fizzy lemonade is a mixed drink that offers a lot of vitamin C, and the carbonation can actually help with digestion.

Gin and Tonic


Gin and Tonic offers the interesting effect of settling an upset stomach. So much so that the Royal Navy gave it out to sailors as a cure for seasickness.



Brandy is extremely high in antioxidants. I

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