There was a time in the Indian society when the younger generation of people would have to take precautions before entering home after drinking or smoking. Drinking and smoking was considered to be reserved for the spoilt brats. People from decent families, especially women, were seen anywhere but near alcoholic drinks.
The culture of drinking has changed a lot in the past two decades. Drinking alcohol is being accepted as an occasional treat and families are beginning to drink together to enjoy weekends and other occasions. For youngsters, who are so used to drinking now, not drinking alcohol considered a shocking news.
Beer, especially, is starting to base its roots as a norm in our minds, where a bottle or two is not even considered to be alcoholic in nature. On the weekends, it is a common sight to see groups of people in their 20s and 30s celebrating the end of their hectic weeks in the pub and bars, sipping on their surplus alcohol and puffing on their cigarettes.
The youngsters are into a habit of drinking almost regularly but still have to hide the fact from conventional parents, which has multiplied the out-of-home drinking culture. The older generation blames the western influence and the media for this increase in the drinking trend, but the roots of drinking have been sculpted in our nation since the past few centuries.
Kings and ministers were seen indulging in alcohol in their courtyards on various occasions, with dancers to keep them company. This is evident in the various Bollywood movies based on historical stories.The only difference is that while they consumed whiskey and wine, we mostly consume beer.Consumption of beer is scientifically proven to be good for health, but over consumption certainly has negative consequences. Next time somebody nags at you for drinking one too many bottles of beer, citing negative health consequences, let them know the following benefits of drinking beer. Chances are, they will be sipping the next bottle with you.
- Beer is known, according to a Finnish study, to keep your kidneys healthy. Unlike other alcoholic beverages, it helps the kidneys by reducing the risk of kidney stones by 40%, per bottle of beer you drink.
- Beer, especially dark beer, improves the digestive procedure of your body due to the considerable amount of soluble fiber present in it. It helps to prevent constipation or diarrhea, which are caused by the lack of fiber in your diet.
- Beer lowers the LDL cholesterol in your blood, i.e., the bad cholesterol.
- Beer can be considered a cure for insomnia, as it contains lactoflavin and nicotinic acids that help to promote sleep.
- Beer can reduce the risk of a heart attack as it has been found that beer drinkers have 40-60% lower chances of heart attack than their non-drinking counterparts.
- Beer is also found to reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s and dementia disease by boosting memory/
- Beer helps to fight stress. It has been found by the researchers at University of Montreal that two glasses of beer a day can reduce work related stress or anxiety.
- Beer helps to make your skin glow by regenerating the skin and having a positive impact on pigmentation due to the vitamins it contains.
These benefits of drinking beer suggest that indulging in beer consumption is not as bad as our mothers make it out to be. Regardless, that does not mean one should consumer beer on a daily basis. Any alcoholic drink should be consumed responsibly and according to individual capacities. Drinking and driving should be avoided at all costs, for the safety of one’s life and others’.