Wine has been proven to be beneficial to our health if consumed moderately, but it seems that beer may have similar benefits, a recent study has found.
Researchers analysed the data of 200 000 participants from 16 studies and found that risk of heart disease decreased by an average of 31 percent for people who drank a pint of beer a day.
Andrea Giancoli, spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association, says that alcohol in moderation can increase your good cholesterol (known as HDL). The higher your HDL, the more protected you will be against heart disease.
These health benefits do not extend to drinking spirits as there have been fewer studies on the benefits of this kind of alcohol.
Beer even has some benefits that wine doesn't. It contains more water and the fact that some people feel bloated after drinking beer means that it's easier to moderate alcohol intake.
Researchers did take into account that results of the studies could be influenced by other health factors, for example, wine drinkers are likely to follow a healthier Mediterranean diet which involves eating vegetables, whole grains and very little red meat.
Giancoli stressed that in spite of the advantages of alcohol, moderate consumption is key. One glass for a woman and two glasses for aman being the limit.