Drinking is fun — in moderation, of course! — but is it also a healthy choice? Greatist has been tackling the myths and researching the health benefits of beer, wine, and liquor to bring out the straight, totally sober facts about alcohol. We’ve collected 36 of our best tips, hacks, recipes, and resources to make drinking healthier, smarter, and a bit more fun (we even figured out how to skip the hangover!).
Getting a little inebriated isn’t just for kicks (or drunk texting). Research suggests knocking back a few may help when we need some creative inspiration.
Will choosing a light beer keep that beer gut in check, or is it only a tease?
Finally, an excuse to drink wine everyday (err… in moderation). Studies suggest red wine actually does have some health benefits after all, so put down that apple and pick up that glass to keep the doctor away!
Beer for your feet? A better way to cook rice? These four beer hacks (and a bonus beer flavors guide) will change the way you look at those leftover brews.
Love whiskey, but tired of sipping it straight up (or sipping it at all)? No fear — we’ve uncovered four surprising ways to keep that bottle from collecting dust in the liquor cabinet.
The Healthier Drinker
Shots, spritzers, cocktails, and more — we rounded up 60 of the healthiest drink recipes out there.
From college kids to senior citizens, Americans are drinking more often than ever. And forget hangovers and a maxed-out credit card — binge drinking can take a toxic toll on our health.
Don’t be afraid to knock back a cold one this summer. Studies suggest one to two alcoholic drinks a day — including beer — can reduce the risk of heart disease.
How do those favorite brews compare in calories, carbs, and alcohol content? We pitched some of the world’s most popular brands (and their mascots) against each other in the ultimate battle for beer supremacy. Featuring a downloadable version perfect for any beer lover’s desktop.
Downing brews may actually boost health? A new study suggests drinking beer may reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease.
With its pesticide-free makeup, is organic booze worth the switch?
Alcohol and Exercise
Sip on this: Alcohol can really get in the way of playing an A-game. So perhaps it’s time to find another way to calm those nerves before the big game and celebrate a win when it’s all said and done.
Studies suggest there might be a positive correlation between alcohol consumption and time spent exercising. But does this mean drinkers are natural gym rats, or is there more to the story?
Just how will last night’s cocktails effect today’s athletic performance? Research suggests that while heavy alcohol consumption decreases muscle recovery, light to moderate drinking has relatively little effect.
The Morning After
Guest contributor and dietician Nicole Brender talks about boozing the healthy way.
Throwing punches at the wall or sobbing in the bathroom? It turns out how someone acts drunk has a lot to do with their sober personality. Check out our handy guide to find out what you’ll be like next happy hour.
Indulged in an extra glass (or four) of wine? Read on for ways to prevent or cure that hangover the next time that bottle ends up empty.
Having trouble remembering last night? Alcohol consumption impairs cognitive and memory functions, causing blackouts during episodes of heavy drinking.
Any alcohol tips or recipes we're missing? Let us know your favorites in the comments below!