Although beer contains alcohol it is not just the alcohol that makes it dangerous to your health. Drinking beer in moderation without getting drunk won’t negatively affect your health; it is drinking beer in excess that not only causes headaches and hangovers, but also puts you at risk of more severe health issues.
As is indicated by the term “beer belly”, beer is commonly believed to cause weight gain. The truth is that beer contains very little, if any, fat at all. In fact, there are beer diets that claim to help you stay thin. The reason for the beer belly is that consuming excess alcohol hinders the body’s ability to burn fat. This means that although beer itself does not contain the fat that will make you gain weight, when consumed in excess it (along with other alcoholic beverages) causes your body to store the fat you do consume from other foods since it is not able to burn it as easily.
Although beer contains very little sugar, because of its alcohol content it can affect your blood sugar level. Alcohol causes a drop in the natural level of blood sugar which leads to low energy levels. This is why, when you drink too much beer, you feel very tired and fall asleep. The alcohol in beer causes insulin levels to drop as well. This means it can reduce the risk of arteriosclerosis in non diabetics.
Past research has linked beer with a reduced risk of heart disease. This is because of the antioxidant qualities in beer that cause a reduction in LDL oxidation as well as the fact that beer contains no cholesterol. Both of these qualities can contribute to a reduction in the risk for heart disease. The malted barley in beer makes it an excellent source of fiber; and, if consumed in moderation beer can help to reduce stress.
Drinking one beer a day will give you the health benefits. If you drink more than one a day you could end up with health problems. In moderation, alcohol thins the blood which helps to reduce the risk of strokes and protects the heart. Previous research has even found in improvement in memory with moderate consumption of alcohol. On the other hand, the opposite is true if you drink alcohol in excess, destroying brain cells. A moderate amount of beer is beneficial, but beyond that amount can cause damage.
Beer is nutritious and contains a range of vitamins including B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B9, and B12 as well as magnesium, potassium and other minerals and fiber. Having said this, although beer does contain high levels of these minerals and vitamins amongst others, it can also destroy vitamin C in your body. This is another reason for drinking it only in moderation and not to excess.
While beer is over 95% water it is also a diuretic due to the alcohol content. This means it can dehydrate you if you drink too much of it. In addition to keeping your consumption of beer to a moderate level, it is important to never drink beer in place of water. Your body and brain need water in order to function effectively; and beer will cause your body to lose water more quickly than usual. Always drink plenty of water throughout the day and evening. While beer has several health benefits these can easily be cancelled out by drinking too much of it. Always drink responsibly and keep your body well hydrated by keeping up your water intake.