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Overview

Benefits of Whiskey And Its Side Effects

Whiskey, like other alcoholic beverages, can cause extreme harm to the body if not consumed carefully. Small to moderate amounts of consumption however shows a surprising array of health benefits. Whiskey helps in weight loss, helps to control diabetes, and prevents the onset of heart disorders. It reduces the risk of neurological disorders, prevents internal blood clotting, improves the immune system, and even contributes in small amounts towards prevention of cancer. All these health benefits are only applicable if it is taken in moderate amount, hence it is best to drink with caution.

Benefits of Whiskey And Its Side Effects

Table of Content

Whiskey
Nutritional Value of Whiskey
Health Benefits of Whiskey
Weight loss
Prevents age related neurological disorders
Prevents internal blood clotting
Improves heart health
Controls diabetes
Improves immune system
Prevents cancer
Uses of Whiskey
Side-Effects & Allergies of Whiskey
Cultivation of Whiskey

Whiskey

Whiskey is a distilled alcoholic beverage made by fermentation of different types of grain mash, such as wheat, barley, maize, rye, buckwheat, etc. The appearance, flavor as well as price depend on the type of grain used, the fermentation process, and its post production, which includes the location of storage, container stored in, and the amount of time it is stored. Thus, there are many different variants of whiskey worldwide.

Nutritional Value of Whiskey

Whiskey is an alcoholic beverage, and the typical whiskey contains approximately 46% of alcohol, which accounts for most of its calorie content. It contains very low carbohydrates, and trace amounts of cholesterol, saturated fats, sodium, potassium, phosphorus and fluoride only. It has no other nutritional values, but it is rich in ellagic acid, which is a powerful antioxidant, and is the cause of most of the health benefits of moderate consumption of whiskey.

Health Benefits of Whiskey

Mentioned below are the best health benefits of Whiskey
Health Benefits of Whiskey

Weight loss

Unlike some other forms of alcoholic beverage, whiskey contains very little fat and sodium, most of its calorie content supplied by alcohol and faint amount of simple sugars which are quickly broken down by the body for energy. Hence it does not contribute to increase in body mass. Alcohol, however, induces utilization of stored fats for energy, hence low to moderate drinking contributes significantly to weight loss.

Studies have shown whiskey, taken in moderate amount, contribute significantly to improved cognitive performance and reduces chances of developing neurological disorders caused by ageing, such as dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. This happens because the antioxidant ellagic acid removes free radicals built up in the body over time, a process accelerated by the calories provided by it, and prevents the onset of these neural degenerative diseases. The effect only occurs if taken in moderation, as overconsumption of alcohol actually kills neurons.

Prevents internal blood clotting

Whiskey is widely acknowledged as a ‘blood thinner’ as it induces the uptake of fats and causes an increase in the so called ‘good cholesterol’ in it, thereby counteracting chances of fat deposition and blood clots occurring inside capillaries, thereby reducing the chances of thrombosis and strokes.

Improves heart health

The reduction of chances of blood clot formation combined with improved blood pressure accounts for the fact that whiskey taken in moderation shows about a 50% reduced chance of experiencing strokes or heart attacks in people at risk, according to a number of studies.

Controls diabetes

Moderate consumption of whiskey improves the ability of the body to regulate glucose and insulin levels, which combined with lowering of ‘bad cholesterols’ and improving the uptake of stored fats help to prevent the onset of diabetes.

Improves immune system

Whiskey in moderation serves to provide a boost to the immune system of the body, due to the presence of antioxidants, and because it provides a lot of calories causing increase in BMR, reducing the potency of infective pathogens.

Prevents cancer

The presence of the powerful antioxidant ellagic acid causes removal of free radicals, thereby reducing the chances of occurrence of cancer.

Uses of Whiskey

Whiskey is primarily used for consumption as an alcoholic beverage. Unlike certain other varieties of alcohol, it is not widely used for culinary purposes. Whiskey may be used in place of rubbing alcohol to disinfect wounds in cases of extreme emergency and absence of other disinfectants.

Side-Effects & Allergies of Whiskey

Whiskey is an alcoholic drink, hence, in spite of its health benefits, it has far more damaging side effects if not taken in moderation. Some of these include:

Alcohol poisoning, causing elevated heart rates, nausea, and vomiting.

Impaired judgment, loss of balance, altered response patterns to situations, which causes people to make rash or negligent decisions even in life or death situations.

Liver cirrhosis caused due to excessive drinking, which throws the normal body metabolism completely awry, resulting in fat deposition, hardening of liver and complete disruption of its normal activities.

Excessive alcohol intake causes addiction, which causes a person to consume more and more, setting off a chain reaction of the other damaging effects on the body.

The body metabolism is completely destroyed due to excess drinking, resulting in increased chances of stroke.

Consumption of alcohol interferes with other diseases as well as medication.

Cultivation of Whiskey

The process of distillation is considered to have been practiced by ancient Babylonians in Mesopotamia, the earliest chemical evidence of which has however been obtained only for the Greeks in ancient Alexandria, following which, it was found to have been practiced by the Arabs. These were not distillations of alcohol, however, the earliest evidence of which is found in Italy, when the Latins learned the art from the Arabs. These distilled alcohols were then used for medicinal purposes only. The art of alcohol distillation spread to Ireland and Scotland in the early 15th century, and it was here that the earliest record of alcohol for consumption is noted, and here originates whiskey. Today it is produced by many companies in many breweries in various different methods all over the world.

Popular Questions & Answers

When I take hard drink (whiskey or rum) I start getting loose motions n stomach also gets lose n when I take medicine MERIND I feel gud stomach also gets tight. What is the reason. Cn I continues to take the above medicine n if yes for how long Pls suggest regds.

DHMS (Diploma in Homeopathic Medicine and Surgery)
Homeopath, Pune
As it body indicates that it is secretive to hard drink so try to avoid it so you will not get any digestive problems and neither you need to take the medicines.
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I am 24 and 5'5' as per BMI INDEX I want to loose weight from 80.2 to 70 kgs, I ate Chinese food once or twice a week. Take alcohol (whiskey) once a week. Help me out.

nutrition and dietetics
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Ludhiana
Look for foods which are not energy dense Low calorie foods Prefer more milk products Include more fruits and veggies Have lemon water Citrus fruits Do not skip any meal or don’t be so hungry at a moment Prefer Light meals Avoid processed foods and carbonated drinks For more queries consult me online!

Sir I recently take 10 shot of whiskey with water. This is my 1st time drinking experience. Is in there problem will I get in future.

MBBS, MD - Internal Medicine, Post Graduate Program in Diabetology
General Physician, Delhi
Anuj it all depends on you and your choice of controlling your intake and whether there is responsible drinking

Popular Health Tips

Foods You Should Not Eat When You're Sick

Masters In Nutritional Therapy
Dietitian/Nutritionist,
Foods You Should Not Eat When You're Sick

Food probably isn’t the first thing that comes to your mind when you are battling flu or an infection. But eventually, you have to fuel the tank, and it does matter what you choose to eat when you are sick. There are some foods and drinks which can make you feel even worse. Therefore, it is always beneficial to know which foods to avoid during severe health conditions. By eliminating these foods and consuming more of immunity-boosting foods, you can recover quickly and reduce the severity of your symptoms.

Read on to know what you should avoid eating when you are sick-

  1. If you have got the runs: When you have diarrhea, avoid candies and gums made of artificial sweeteners as they contain sorbitol which isn’t digestible and can instigate diarrhea. Also, avoid foods that can trigger bloating and gas, such as apple, onion, broccoli, beans and cabbage. Dairy, caffeine and alcohol can also provoke diarrhea.
  2. If you are constipated: Constipation can occur when you are not eating enough fiber-rich whole grains, fruits, and veggies, which stimulate digestion. Avoid consuming dairy products, chocolates, pain medication and iron supplements if you are constipated.
  3. If you are feeling nauseous: Feeling queasy makes all foods unappealing, but avoiding greasy, spicy, oily foods, alcohol, caffeine, and carbonated drinks can help calm stomach acids.
  4. If you have sore throat: Hot fluids are by far the most beneficial. Not only do they help soothe your sore throat, but they're also known to loosen mucus, which may help relieve other symptoms such as congestion and stuffiness. So consider having soup or drinking hot water to alleviate the pain, and avoid scratchy, hard foods such as granola, potato chips and nuts as they aggravate the pain. Acidic juices made from vegetables and fruits, such as grape juice or orange juice, can also aggravate a sore throat.
  5. If you have body ache: When your body aches, don’t grab that cup of espresso or that glass of whiskey, since both caffeine and alcohol can dehydrate your body, thereby worsening the pain.
  6. If you have a headache: Stay away from artificial sweeteners, aged cheese, MSG (monosodium glutamate which is found in soy sauce), chocolate, red wine and processed meat. MSG has been linked to high blood pressure which can cause headache.
  7. If you have an earache: Stay away from dairy products, processed and packaged foods, as they increase inflammation and lengthen the recovery process.
  8. If you have an allergy: Avoid consuming milk, wheat, soy, berries, eggs, tomatoes, fish, nuts, chocolates and nuts as these foods commonly cause itching and can trigger rashes.
  9. If you have runny nose: A hot broth or hot tea will give you comfort, but you should avoid spicy foods and alcohol. Spicy foods actually aggravate a runny nose. 

Take Home Message

Getting proper nutrition, drinking healthy fluids, and taking proper rest are some of the most important things you can do to feel better when sick. In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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Foods You Must Avoid If You Are Feeling Sick!

Diploma in Dietetics Health and Nutrition, Doctorate Biomedical Sciences, Principle of Nutrition, Doctorate Biomedical Science , MSC Master of Science
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Ghaziabad
Foods You Must Avoid If You Are Feeling Sick!

You are feeling under the weather, and you wish you could eat something fried or processed right now to feel better. But that may not be the smartest thing to do! Read on to know more about what you should avoid eating when you are sick.

  1. If you are suffering from diarrhea, don’t go anywhere near sweet foods made of artificial sweeteners, since sorbitol (a kind of artificial sweetener) isn’t digestible and can instigate diarrhea. Also, avoid foods that can trigger bloating and gas, such as apples, onion, broccoli, beans and cabbages. Dairy, caffeine and alcohol can also provoke diarrhoea.
  2. Don’t consume dairy products, chocolate, pain medications and iron supplements if you are constipated.
  3. If you are nauseous, don’t eat greasy, oily or spicy foods. Avoid carbonated drinks, caffeine and alcohol as well.
  4. If you are having difficulties in swallowing due to a sore throat, hot fluids are by far the most beneficial. Not only do they help soothe your sore throat, but they're also known to loosen mucus, which may help relieve other symptoms such as congestion and stuffiness, often accompanying a sore throat, so consider eating soup or drinking hot water to alleviate the pain, and scratchy, hard foods such as granola, potato chips and nuts. Acidic juices made from vegetables and fruits, such as grape juice or orange juice, can also aggravate a sore throat.
  5. When your body aches, don’t grab that cup of espresso or that glass of whiskey, since both caffeine and alcohol can dehydrates the body, thereby worsening the pain.
  6. Stay away from artificial sweeteners, aged chesses, MSG (monosodium glutamate which is found in soy sauce), chocolate, red wine and processed meat, if you have a headache. MSG has been linked to blood pressure which can cause headaches.
  7. Dairy products, processed or packaged foods, should be avoided if you have an earache.
  8. If you have an allergy, don’t consume milk, wheat, soy, berries, eggs, tomatoes, fish, nuts, chocolates and nuts. These foods commonly cause itching.
  9. You might have cold, or your nose won’t stop running. A hot broth or hot tea will give you comfort, but you should avoid spicy foods and alcohol. Spicy foods actually aggravate a runny nose.
  10. Flu, sinus or cold infection can inflame and irritate nasal blood vessels, making you feel like your nose is blocked. Avoid sugar and spicy foods if you have a congested nose. If you wish to discuss about any specific problem, you can consult a Dietitian/Nutritionist.
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Feeling Sick? Foods You Must Avoid!

BSc Home Science, M.Sc - Dietitics / Nutrition
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Bangalore
Feeling Sick? Foods You Must Avoid!

You are feeling under the weather, and you wish you could eat something fried or processed right now to feel better. But that may not be the smartest thing to do! Read on to know more about what you should avoid eating when you are sick.

  1. If you are suffering from diarrhea, don’t go anywhere near sweet foods made of artificial sweeteners, since sorbitol (a kind of artificial sweetener) isn’t digestible and can instigate diarrhea. Also, avoid foods that can trigger bloating and gas, such as apples, onion, broccoli, beans and cabbages. Dairy, caffeine and alcohol can also provoke diarrhoea.
  2. Don’t consume dairy products, chocolate, pain medications and iron supplements if you are constipated.
  3. If you are nauseous, don’t eat greasy, oily or spicy foods. Avoid carbonated drinks, caffeine and alcohol as well.
  4. If you are having difficulties in swallowing due to a sore throat, hot fluids are by far the most beneficial. Not only do they help soothe your sore throat, but they're also known to loosen mucus, which may help relieve other symptoms such as congestion and stuffiness, often accompanying a sore throat, so consider eating soup or drinking hot water to alleviate the pain, and scratchy, hard foods such as granola, potato chips and nuts. Acidic juices made from vegetables and fruits, such as grape juice or orange juice, can also aggravate a sore throat.
  5. When your body aches, don’t grab that cup of espresso or that glass of whiskey, since both caffeine and alcohol can dehydrate the body, thereby worsening the pain.
  6. Stay away from artificial sweeteners, aged chesses, MSG (monosodium glutamate which is found in soy sauce), chocolate, red wine and processed meat, if you have a headache. MSG has been linked to blood pressure which can cause headaches.
  7. Dairy products, processed or packaged foods, should be avoided if you have an earache.
  8. If you have an allergy, don’t consume milk, wheat, soy, berries, eggs, tomatoes, fish, nuts, chocolates and nuts. These foods commonly cause itching.
  9. You might have cold, or your nose won’t stop running. A hot broth or hot tea will give you comfort, but you should avoid spicy foods and alcohol. Spicy foods actually aggravate a runny nose.
  10. Flu, sinus or cold infection can inflame and irritate nasal blood vessels, making you feel like your nose is blocked. Avoid sugar and spicy foods if you have a congested nose. If you wish to discuss about any specific problem, you can consult a dietitian-nutritionist.
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Alcohol - How it Affects Your Sex Life?

M.S. - Sexology Sexual Counselling , Ph.D. - Sexology - , PGDPC (Post Graduation Diploma In Psychological Counselling) -
Sexologist, Mumbai
Alcohol - How it Affects Your Sex Life?

Alcohol can it affect your intimacy level with your partner, yes! But with this you might be wondering how can that be possible when you actually sustain yourself for long, maybe longer than you should be. It is probably the “whiskey penis”. Alcohol may give you a sense of elation at one point of time, but it is essentially a nervous depressant. The over consumption of alcohol mainly has a reduced effect on sensitivity for both men and women.

How alcohol affects sex life in men: The effect of alcohol on the sex life of men is immense. In most cases, chronic and acute cases of alcohol consumption have shown to reduce the production of testosterone in men. Since testosterone is the hormone that results in the increase in libido in men, the effects of alcohol really reduce the performance in men. It has shown to reduce pleasurability and it can also reduce the intensity of orgasms. Sometimes, it can cause difficulty in ejaculation or delayed ejaculation.

How alcohol affects sex life in women: Alcohol can have a very mixed effect on women in general. While it can increase sexual arousal and desire, it can also result in low sensitivity. Women have a higher percentage of fat as compared to water in their bodies, this means that alcohol has a more profound effect on their bodies as compared to that in men. Their bodies also take longer to process and eliminate the alcohol. While some women report a heightened sense of sexual arousal and an increase in the duration of the orgasm, a large number of women also complain of lesser lubrication.


Alcohol also has a psychological effect; that is the loss of inhibition that may help in developing carnal instincts when intoxicated. This psychological effect may have a more profound effect than the physiological effects as a result of which women might claim that alcohol does indeed help in better sex. If you wish to discuss about any specific problem, you can consult a sexologist.

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Drink Alcohol to Lose Weight

DIABETES EDUCATOR, PGDND, RMP -ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE, MEDICAL TRANSCRITPTINIST, M.SC, Msc nutrition
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Bangalore
Drink Alcohol to Lose Weight

While it is common news that alcohol consumption leads to weight gain, recent studies have made a startling discovery, wherein long term moderate drinkers have shown symptoms of maintaining an optimal weight, even losing excess fat more than those who abstain from drinking at all. While harder alcoholic drinks are more likely to affect the liver and hence the level of fat in the body, weight gain because of alcohol is also dependent on a number of other factors like how often you drink or how much you drink in one session. This is compounded by each individual's capability to metabolize the alcohol, or work it off.

It is important to know how many calories your drink accounts for:

  1. Tequila, whiskey, rum and their other variations have more or less the same amount of calories.
  2. Beer constitutes a little more calorific value than those mentioned above, while wine and champagne have the least amount of calories among proper alcoholic drinks. This is why wine should be the preferred drink for those more susceptible to weight gain.
  3. Cocktails like margaritas or pina coladas have at least four times the number of calories than unmixed drinks. So, one must proceed with caution while ordering endless free cocktails at a party.
  4. If cocktails are your thing, opt for a Bloody Mary, it has lesser calories. People more prone to consume a high calorie diet on a regular basis, or are already overweight, tend to put on more weight even after moderate alcohol consumption.]
  5. Also remember that drinking small amounts frequently leads to weight loss rather than the misconception of drinking copious amounts at long intervals.
  6. Doctors even prescribe a daily glass of wine with and after dinner nowadays. Studies stipulated the optimal number of drinks per week to four, maximum five.
  7. One drink per day in case of women, and two for men is a good regimen to get you started with losing weight through alcohol consumption.
  8. You must also be careful about the food you accompany your drinks with; make sure their high calorie value does not unsettle the entire process.
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Table of Content

Whiskey
Nutritional Value of Whiskey
Health Benefits of Whiskey
Weight loss
Prevents age related neurological disorders
Prevents internal blood clotting
Improves heart health
Controls diabetes
Improves immune system
Prevents cancer
Uses of Whiskey
Side-Effects & Allergies of Whiskey
Cultivation of Whiskey