DRINK BEER, BE MERRY!

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - Body and Soul - - NEWS -

You prob­a­bly al­ready know that beer can make you happy but now we fi­nally have the sci­ence to prove it! Af­ter ex­am­in­ing 13,000 dif­fer­ent com­po­nents of food, Ger­man sci­en­tists dis­cov­ered that hor­de­nine, a sub­stance found in malted bar­ley – and there­fore beer – can ac­ti­vate the part of your brain re­spon­si­ble for pos­i­tive feel­ings. Much like the hor­mone dopamine, hor­de­nine can stim­u­late your brain’s plea­sure cen­tre, ex­cept it’s able to sus­tain your happy vibes for much longer. So it seems en­joy­ing a cold one – in moder­a­tion, of course – can se­ri­ously im­prove your well­be­ing. Here are three more rea­sons to hit up happy hour this week:

1 A COLD ONE MAY PRE­VENT DI­A­BETES

A study in the Nether­lands found that peo­ple who drink up to 10 beers a week have a re­duced risk of type 2 di­a­betes.

2 BEER CAN COM­BAT KID­NEY STONES

Ac­cord­ing to US re­search, you’re 41 per cent less likely to de­velop kid­ney stones if you sip on beer in­stead of sug­ary so­das.

3 DARK ALES PRO­TECT YOUR VI­SION

Reg­u­lar in­take of dark beers and stouts could re­duce your risk of cataracts by as much as 50 per cent, the Amer­i­can Chem­i­cal Society says.

Don’t for­get the rec­om­mended al­co­hol in­take: No more than two drinks a day, and two al­co­hol-free days a week.

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