Having high levels of cholesterol means people need a healthy lifestyle with specific restrictions. This means alcohol intake is really an issue to consider. Follow us to see the link between alcohol and cholesterol.

Beer and cholesterol

Although beer is cholesterol-free, it does contain carbohydrates and alcohol, which can raise your triglyceride levels.

On the other hand, there are plant sterols in beer. These compounds can bind to cholesterol and rid it of the body. Unfortunately, the amount of plant sterol one consumes is too low to positively affect cholesterol.

Liquor and cholesterol

The traditional hard liquor, such as whiskey, vodka, and gin, does not contain any cholesterol. However, some concoctions, like candy-flavored whiskeys, cocktails or mixed drinks, may carry some extra sugars, and those sugars can influence your cholesterol levels along with your triglyceride levels.

Wine and cholesterol

Wine is considered one of the best alcoholic beverages due to the plant sterol resveratrol present in it. Research has shown that resveratrol may help reduce inflammation and prevent clotting in the short term. Resveratrol can also increase the levels of “good” cholesterol. However, the positive effects of resveratrol do not last long.

How much and how often you drink matters

For any types of beverage, from beer, liquor, to wine, when drinking it, you should pay attention to the level of intake and frequency. Moderation is the key.

According to experts, in a day, one drink for women and two drinks for men is considered to have a protective effects on the heart. It is proven that people who drink moderately are less likely to have a heart attack, compared with those who do not drink at all. Also, men who drink daily face lower risk compared to those who drank once or twice a week.

In addition, studies show that moderate intake of alcohol can contribute to the rise in good cholesterol levels. This is because those alcohol can speed up the process in which proteins are transported through the body.

The final words

Excessive drinking go along with adverse effects because it raises both cholesterol and triglyceride levels.

To determine your own ideal alcohol intake, seek advice from your doctor. Whether or not it is safe for you to drink. How safe it is for you to drink depends on many factors. For many people, such as pregnant women or those who are under certain medication, alcohol drink should be avoided.

Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

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