As it turns out, a pint a day could keep the doctor away.
For years, doctors have stressed that heavy drinking could wreak havoc on our livers and overall cardiovascular health. While the effects of binge drinking are absolutely terrible, a new study unveiled at the American Heart Association's annual meeting revealed that drinking in moderation could actually help people avoid one seriously bad health issue.
In a study conducted by researchers from Penn State University, it was discovered that drinking a pint of beer a day could significantly reduce your risk of stroke.
The study, which spanned six years, followed a group of nearly 80,000 healthy Chinese adults and monitored the effects moderate alcohol consumption had on high-density lipoproteins (HDL), or good cholesterol.
HDL’s main function in the body is to defend the heart from buildup of bad cholesterol, which can make it harder for blood to flow.
Beer proved to have the most dramatic effect on HDL, performing better than spirits and wine.
Those who drank beer on a regular basis had a far better handle on their cholesterol levels compared to those who did not drink at all. The study did note that there was a natural decline of HDL over time in both test samples.
Men who enjoyed one or two pints of beer a day, as well as women who had one pint a day, experienced a far slower decline in HDL levels.
Drinkers of spirits were only able to see similar results when drinking less than one serving of their favorite liquors.
There were not enough wine drinkers in the study to provide adequate knowledge of wine and its impact on cholesterol levels.
Lead researcher of the study, Shue Huang, hopes to continue this study on other populations using an even wider range of alcohol.