The 8 surprising benefits of drinking alcohol

Improved cardiovascular health

Moderate alcohol intake, particularly red wine, has been linked to a reduced risk of heart disease and improved heart health.

Increased HDL cholesterol

Moderate alcohol consumption can raise high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol levels, often referred to as "good" cholesterol, which is beneficial for cardiovascular health.

Lower risk of ischemic stroke

Studies suggest that moderate alcohol consumption may be associated with a decreased risk of ischemic stroke, a type of stroke caused by a clot blocking blood flow to the brain.

Potential cognitive benefits

Moderate alcohol, including red wine, may benefit cognitive function and reduce cognitive decline and neurodegenerative disease risk, based on research.

Social bonding and relaxation

Alcohol can act as a social lubricant, promoting social interactions, relaxation, and stress reduction in moderate amounts when consumed responsibly.

Increased longevity

Some studies suggest that moderate alcohol consumption may be associated with a longer lifespan compared to both heavy drinking and abstaining from alcohol altogether.

Lower risk of certain cancers

Moderate alcohol's impact on cancer risk is complex, inconclusive, with limited evidence suggesting potential lower risk for certain cancers like colon, thyroid, and kidney cancer.

Potential for reduced diabetes risk

Moderate alcohol consumption has been associated with a lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes compared to abstaining from alcohol.