A “Brew” for a Longer, Happier Life

Red wine is now widely known to confer health benefits when consumed in moderation. It can reduce the risk of a heart attack, for one.

Less widely known is that beer also delivers health benefits – again when consumed in moderation. Beer contains beneficial vitamins, and the alcohol helps improve blood flow. The American Heart Association has concluded that alcoholic drinks prevent approximately 80,000 deaths from coronary artery disease annually. Studies have found that moderate beer consumption can reduce the risks of heart attack and stroke by up to 30%. Beer, surprisingly, has also been shown to help fight some forms of cancer.

Have a beer regularly with your dinner and you just might live longer. Antioxidants in beer have the potential to boost longevity. Some research has also found that alcoholic beverages lengthen the end points on your DNA known as telomeres. Longer telomeres are associated with longer life spans.

Finally, drinking beer (without overdoing it) can make you happier. An Indiana University School of Medicine study found that drinking beer releases pleasure-inducing dopamine in the brain. Beer activates more neurotransmitters for pleasure than non-alcoholic beverages.