Is beer carcinogenic or healthy? Is it a thicker or rather the type of alcoholic beverage that falls into the more calorie-friendly category?
Drinking moderate beer is healthy
We all know, of course, that alcohol harms health and is definitely not recommended for pregnant and breastfeeding women, young people and at-risk patients. According to certain sources, beer would increase the risk of cancer , even with small doses. Due to its high purine content, it also increases the risk of gout for those who are sensitive to it, because uric acid is formed during the breakdown of that purine. And it is a fact that alcohol enters the brain through the blood where it disrupts nerve signals and negatively affects memory as well as concentration. But the bulk of the literature on this issue still disagrees with the ‘beer abstainers’. The credo is: Moderately drinking beer is healthy. With sensible use, the beneficial effects and benefits prevail over the negative side effects or risks.
How many glasses per day is moderate?
It is often stated that responsible beer consumption is a maximum of 1 to 2 glasses per day for women, a maximum of 2 to 3 glasses for men. But drinking in moderation is an elastic concept. It is not only gender that is important (women appear to be more sensitive to alcohol than men), there are a number of factors that play a role: the alcohol volume of the beer (a beer of 5% or a heavy tasting beer of 10% and all that in between?), your body weight, your age. And also the circumstances in which the drinking happens: full or empty stomach, use of medication, tiredness or physical condition …
A combination of alcohol with medication can be harmful. And thicker people are less likely to be intoxicated because they have more body fluid to absorb and distribute the alcohol. It is therefore not an exact science and it is not possible to express in concrete figures exactly what quantity falls under the term ‘healthy’.