The CCBA sponsored an in-depth report on the overall health benefits a beer drinker can enjoy. The report includes more than 250 referenced studies and citations that show the consumption of alcohol, particularly beer, is linked to better overall health and has been shown to be effective in decreasing the risk of disease. Cheers to craft beer!
Among its benefits, beer contains more nutrients and is generally considered to afford superior nutrient absorption. In addition, numerous other studies on longevity, mortality and general health indicate that moderate consumption of beer reduces the rate of mortality significantly over those who abstain and over occasional drinkers.
Some of the key findings in the report include:
- Moderate drinkers have a 38% lower chance of developing cardiovascular disease than those who abstain.
- Alcohol is reported to have a protective effect against stroke due to its ability to raise levels of high-density lipoproteins (HDL) cholesterol, often called ‘good’ cholesterol.
- Studies now show that drinking up to two alcoholic drinks per day can reduce your risk for stroke by about half.