Whisky, Whiskey, Scotch, Single Malt, whatever you call it, chances are you should be drinking more of it. Don’t take our word for it. The below advice comes from doctors and scientists who have shown whisky (we’ll stick with the original spelling for the Scottish malt, but the same applies to all the others – spelt with an ‘e’) to be a fine drink with surprising health benefits.
The great reminder
A shot a day genuinely lowers your risk of dementia, even when compared to drinking nothing at all, according to the National Centre for Biotechnology Information.
Lose weight now, sink a scotch
Low in carbs, whisky is far better for you than other alcoholic drinks. Studies have even shown that moderate intake increases energy and reduces the body’s demand for sugar. A shot of whisky is just 64 calories – way lower than even a Blonde.
The perfect after-meal snifter
Whisky has been used for generations as the perfect way to round off a meal. And whether they knew it or not, it is scientifically correct as whisky is a great aid to digestion, so the ideal thing to sink after a big meal.
Take a chill pill shot
Whisky is the ultimate nightcap, because it acts like a sedative. It’s a great stress reliever and sleep inducer thanks to its barbiturate-like effect.
It stops cancer
All right, maybe not *cures* cancer, but it prevents it. One of the scientific characteristics of whisky is its high concentration of ellagic acid, an antioxidant the neutralizes the free radicals that cause cancer. You’ve heard red wine is good for preventing cancer? Whisky is even better as it contains more of these antioxidants.
Like most alcohol, whisky thins the blood, which – as long as it is imbibed only in moderation – means you are lowering your risk of clot-caused strokes.
Careful now as heavy or binge drinking increases your risk of diabetes, but long-term moderate intake actually helps regulate your insulin levels, which cause type 2 diabetes.
…and even the common cold
Yeah, all right, so it’s not as impressive as cancer or diabetes or a stroke, but another benefit of whisky is that it dilates your blood vessels and when served with honey and lemon it can also loosen mucus, speeding up the end of your cold. In fact, a shot has very similar properties to a drowsy medicine.
Don’t take our word for it
Grace Jones (not that one), a 109-year-old spritely sort from Worcestershire, England, says the secret to her longevity is a daily shot of whisky every night. And the Research Society on Alcoholism have confirmed over many years that moderate drinkers out-live both heavy drinkers and non-drinkers. That’s just scientific fact.
Even sportsmen agree
John Watson, a world-renowned cyclist, lost 50 pounds and knocked minutes off his times by making one simple change to his lifestyle: swapping his much-loved beers for whisky. By taking down his calorie count, he became better and happier. A lesson for us all.