There’s no doubt that whiskey is country music’s favorite drink. It’s in songs, it’s on shirts and it’s one of my fav’s as well.  Believe it or not, consuming whiskey in the right dosage may have a positive effect on your health and not just a hangover the next morning.

10. Weight loss aid

Yes, you read that right. Because whiskey is a low-carb drink, it makes it the perfect choice for anyone who is watching their weight.

9. Cancer Prevention

Another great health benefit of whiskey is its high concentration of ellagic acid, a powerful antioxidant that can neutralize cancer-causing free radicals in the human body.

8. Stroke Prevention

As with all the health benefits of whiskey, the key is to consume in moderation. Because of its blood-thinning properties, a daily shot of whiskey can lower a person’s risk of ischemic (clot-caused) stroke.

7. Whiskey treats the common cold

You probably grew up hearing that drinking a Hot Toddy is a great palliative for a cold. Unlike other home remedies, this one has its basis in science. The ingredients of this favorite winter beverage have many of the same properties as a dose of Nyquil. Whiskey acts as a decongestant by dilating your blood vessels, while the honey, lemon, and herbal tea have anesthetic properties and can loosen mucus.

6. It’s a stress destroyer. 

You’ve probably headed to the bar after a bad week at work to try to erase your troubles, but you may not know that a shot of whiskey can actually help you relax. The barbiturate effect of the alcohol can reduce stress, and also has sedative properties to help you sleep if you’re experiencing anxiety. This is why whiskey is a classic choice of nightcap for badasses the world over.

5. Lowers the risk of dementia

the National Center for Biotechnology Information concluded that drinking one to six drinks weekly could lower your risk of dementia over and above avoiding alcohol completely.

4. It aids digestion

Whiskey has historically been used as a digestif in many cultures throughout the ages. If you’ve had a heavy meal, an after-dinner shot of Maker’s may be just what you need to finish it off properly.

3. Helps prevent diabetes

Whereas consuming alcohol is not recommended for patients with diabetes, studies have shown that long-term moderate alcohol intake can help the body regulate insulin, which could potentially reduce your risk of contracting type 2 diabetes. However, heavy drinking can increase your risk.

2. Can soothe a sore throat

As a child, my grandmother would give me a baby spoon  of whiskey to help me fall asleep when I was sick, and stop the tickle cough so I could rest

1. Prolong Your Life

A 2010 study released by the Research Society on Alcoholism found that middle-aged and older adult moderate drinkers had a lower overall mortality rate than heavy drinkers or even non-drinkers. So raise a glass of your favorite Whiskey and toast to long(er) life!

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