Beer is a fermented beverage with a relatively low (or no) alcohol percentage, whose natural ingredients contain small amounts of valuable nutrients, minerals and vitamins.
The best way to look after your heart is to follow a healthy diet and lifestyle. For healthy adults, moderate beer consumption can be part of this balanced way of living.
Beer has been a staple part of European diets for thousands of years, and through the ages it has become deeply ingrained in our traditions and culture.
The evidence regarding the effect of alcohol on bladder cancer is still inconclusive. But a new meta-analysis tries to shed light on the matter. It finds no effect of alcohol consumption on the risk of bladder cancer in the general population, but it does find an increased risk of heavy alcohol consumption on the risk in males, and an increased risk with drinking spirits. More research is needed.
For the second time in a row, the Beer and Health Initiative offers a Publication Award of €1,000 for the best, most remarkable publication of the year focusing on moderate beer (or alcohol) consumption. Deadline of application is 31 March 2022.
A new meta-analysis finds a decreased risk of Parkinson’s disease with alcohol consumption. The lowest risk is present for people drinking 2,5 to 3,5 drinks a day. Interestingly, only beer is significantly associated with a lower risk, not wine and spirits. Whether the relation is causal is still unclear.
Can alcohol consumption influence erectile disfunction in men? The answer is more complicated than a simple yes or no. Drinking large amounts of alcohol can make it hard to get or keep an erection in that moment. But a recent meta-analysis finds that moderate alcohol consumption is associated with a lower risk of erectile disfunction.
Moderate alcohol consumption is associated with a lower risk of developing cardiovascular disease. But what if you already have cardiovascular disease? A recent meta-analysis still finds a decreased risk of mortality and cardiovascular events for those drinking moderately compared to current non-drinkers. Up to 10 drinks a week might have protective effects and there is no elevated risk with heavy alcohol consumption.
Age-related macular degeneration is a chronic disease of the eyes, and is the leading cause of severe visual loss in adults over the age of 50. A recent meta-analysis finds that moderate and heavy alcohol consumption are associated with the risk to develop early age-related macular degeneration. Late age-related macular degeneration, on the other hand, is not associated with any amount of alcohol.
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About Beer and Health
Beer and Health gathers and presents the latest scientific research on the link between moderate beer consumption and health. And it builds upon a long tradition of experts coming together at the European Beer and Health Symposium, which has been organised practically every two or three years since 1999.