Is consuming beer really that bad for you?

Beer is generally high in calories. Beer is an excellent source of potassium, magnesium, calcium, phosphorus, niacin, and folate. It has significant benefits for health only if we consume it in moderation. Moderation is the key. It has potential risks also if consumed in excess.

Beer is one of the oldest beverages in the world. It is made by fermenting grain into alcohol. Many of us take beer owing to its health benefits backed by science but the same science also claims that beer also has some drawbacks.

One can of beer contains

  • Calories 150
  • Protein – 2 grams
  • Fats - less than 1 gram
  • Carbohydrates – 13 grams
  • Fiber – less than 1 gram
  • Sugar - less than 1 gram

Beer is an excellent source of potassium, magnesium, calcium, phosphorus, niacin, and folate. It is considered that the darker the beer, the more antioxidants it is. Antioxidants fight with free radicals present in the body and prevent certain chronic conditions. Beer has significant health benefits only if we take it in moderation. Moderation is the key. Consuming too much beer has several potential risks for our bodies. Hence avoid its excess consumption.

Health benefits

Improves blood sugar levels - Drinking light amounts of alcohol may help reduce the risk of developing diabetes and help people with diabetes control their blood sugar more effectively. One study showed that one to two alcoholic drinks a day could lower the risk of developing diabetes by as much as 50%. But this statement is only applicable to low-sugar beers like light beers so cross-check it before you experiment.

Lowers the risk of heart disease – Consuming one to two beers a day helps you lower the risk of heart disease. A study showed that one drink a day lowered the risk of all-cause mortality for women and up to two beers a day produced the same results for men. But only one study is not enough to believe the fact. It needed more research to support the fact.

Good for bone strength - Moderate amounts of beer may help strengthen bones for men and postmenopausal women. Here kindly check the keyword that is moderate.

Side effects of drinking beer

Addiction - All alcohol carries the potential for dependency. Alcohol is an addictive substance, so people with a family history of addiction should be cautious about drinking beer or any other alcohol.

Lowers the life expectancy – Heavy drinking can reduce the life expectancy by up to 28 years.

Increased risk of liver disease – Heavy drinking (more than 2) can increase the chances of developing fatty liver disease or liver cirrhosis or cancer. 

Weight gain – As you have seen, beers are high in calories, so drinking large amounts frequently can lead to substantial weight gain. Studies have confirmed that drinking beer increases waist circumference. So, avoid your beer belly.

Disclaimer: The content on this site is for informational purposes only, and should not be taken as professional medical advice.  Always seek the guidance of your doctor or other health professionals for any questions you may have regarding your health or a medical condition.


Tags : #Health #Beerhealthbenefits #Beersideeffects #Beerconsumption #Beer-goodorbad #Beeraddiction #medicircle #smitakumar

About the Author

Renu Gupta

With a background in Pharmacy which is the clinical health science that links medical science with chemistry, I had the desire to mix creativity to these fields. Medicircle provides me an avenue to apply my training in science and interest in creativity together.

View Profile

Related Stories

Loading Please wait...


Trending Now

Eyes on the Future: Dr. Agarwal's Group Channels Rs 100 Crore for Cutting-edge Eye Hospitals Across KeralaDecember 06, 2023
Organ Transplant Scandal: Apollo Hospital Faces Government InquiryDecember 06, 2023
Breaking Barriers in Cancer Treatment: Max Healthcare's CAR-T Therapy PartnershipDecember 06, 2023
Exploring the Link Between Covid-19 Vaccination and Sudden Cardiac Arrests: ICMR StudyNovember 22, 2023
Powering the Future: China's Biodegradable Wireless System for Bioelectronic InnovationNovember 22, 2023
IMS BHU Pioneers Advanced Cardiac Care: Unveiling Cutting-Edge Technologies for Precise DiagnosisNovember 18, 2023
Inito's $6 Million Boost: Transforming Women's Health with AI-Backed Fertility MonitoringNovember 18, 2023
Madras High Court Advocates for Equality: PG Medical Students to Receive Incentive Marks for COVID-19 DutyNovember 18, 2023
Next-Gen Healthcare: CarePods and AI Redefine the Patient ExperienceNovember 17, 2023
Air Quality Crisis: Alarming Rise in Premature Births Linked to Air Quality in Begusarai, BiharNovember 17, 2023
Limerick Contest-2023: A Celebration of Wit and PoetryNovember 17, 2023
IIIT-Hyderabad among top 100 institutions for 5G Use Case LabNovember 17, 2023
Powerful, motivating and inspiring talks marked TEDx Hyderabad Women 2023 which was held with the theme "Two Steps ForwardNovember 17, 2023
Speaking the Diagnosis: How AI in Voice Analysis Is Revolutionizing Diabetes DetectionNovember 17, 2023
FDA Approves Zepbound: A New Medication for Weight Loss by Eli LillyNovember 17, 2023
CoverSelf Raises $8.2 Million in Seed Funding to Revolutionize Healthcare Claims with Innovative Fintech PlatformNovember 16, 2023
From Miracle to Medic: The Extraordinary Journey of India's First Paediatric Liver Transplant RecipientNovember 16, 2023
Combatting Chikungunya: Valneva's Chikungunya Vaccine Cleared by USFDA, Eyes India LaunchNovember 16, 2023
Global Corporate Summit 2023 with the theme Unlocking Opportunities in a Dynamic World heldNovember 16, 2023
2nd IHub-Data Mobility Summit heldNovember 16, 2023