The Healthiest Drinks at the Bar
Too late for New Year’s Eve, but in plenty of time for St. Patrick’s Day, you may be wondering just how you might enjoy a few drinks without doing too much harm to the various organs of your body.
Well, the National Institutes of Health is not the place to turn for that information. They state unequivocally that drinking alcohol increases the risk of liver disease as well as cancers of the mouth, esophagus, pharynx, larynx, liver, and breast.
That being said, any advice on lessening the unhealthy effects of alcohol will begin and end with one word – moderation. The official definition of moderation is just one drink per day for women and up to two drinks per day for men. (Note that saving up a week’s worth to drink in one day is not moderation – it’s actually the opposite.)
Look for what’s in a drink besides the alcohol. Wine has antioxidants in the form of resveratrol, beer contains B vitamins from the yeast, and many mixed drinks are made with fresh citrus juice packed with vitamin C.
These are all good, but sadly not substantial enough to counteract the impact of the alcohol on your body. So ultimately, it’s a matter NOT of which is the healthiest drink, but which is the least unhealthy.
On the other hand, food and water before, during, and after drinking will at least prevent you from getting too drunk, too fast. And in the end, keeping your wits about you is the healthiest decision you can make.