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The best types of alcohol to drink for your health

07 December 2016, 13:01

If you're going to imbibe over the festive season, you might as well do it wisely.

As much as we love this time of year our bodies often suffer for it. Over the holiday seasons we tend to overindulge and come January everyone will be dieting and "detoxing" and hitting the gym hard, to make up for the bad choices made over the festive season.

And while alcohol is a huge culprit when it comes to those extra centimetres around the waist, the bigger concern is what it does to your insides.

It's a fact that alcohol is more damaging to women than men. Our bodies just don't metabolise it as well, and it's been linked to a host of diseases including breast cancer, diabetes and liver failure.

That said, the news isn't all bad. As you'll see below, some types of alcohol, when consumed in moderation, actually have health benefits.

And other types are light enough in calories to not give you a beer belly. So choose wisely, and enjoy!

Here are 5 types of alcoholic drinks that are good for you:


Red wine

Red wine has several health benefits, including lowering blood pressure, the risks of heart disease and inflammation.

It also acts as a memory protection against Alzheimer’s disease.

According to Medical Daily, it has resveratrol - a powerful antioxidant that protects against cell damage and prevent age-related mental diseases.

Sounds great doesn’t it? But that doesn’t mean you should drink a bottle every day. 

Also read: People in a committed relationship drink less

White wine

White wine has many of the same positive health benefits as red wine.  It, too, contains antioxidant properties which can reduce the risks of getting heart diseases and even combat cancer.

According to Livestrong.com, wine contains antioxidants and mice that ingested a high fat diet with wine, had lower liver fat percentages than their teetotaling counterparts. Which, honestly, sounds too good to be true...

Hard liquor


The health benefits of vodka include keeping the skin healthy, hair growth, it helps in disinfecting wounds, provides relief from toothaches and reduces risks of heart diseases.


Brandy contains a high concentration of antioxidants which protects the body’s organs and tissues.

According to the Luxuryspot.com, 30ml of brandy is equivalent to an intake of vitamin C.

It is also does a great job of preventing aging (only if it is ingested in a normal way)


According to Elite Daily, tequila helps with lowering blood sugar, it also has certain components that can help with losing weight and the best thing is you don’t really get hungover from drinking tequila. Only if it is 100% pure agave tequila though.

Light beer 

Regular beer drinkers have been found to have lower blood pressure, it has been linked to lower the risks of getting diabetes and it also increases the impact of vitamin E which is a major antioxidant for anti-aging and healthy skin.

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