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Anyone know of any health promoting properties of grain alcohol (like, vodka)?

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Updated September 16, 2014 at 8:00 PM
Created January 07, 2013 at 10:44 PM

I'm aware of the alleged health promoting polyphenols in wine, but I am curious if anyone knows of any studies/information demonstrating potential health promoting properties of hard alcohol?

The only real one I can think of is oral hygiene (which has other secondary health benefits). So, aside from that, any benefits to drinking vodka on a regular basis?

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1981 · January 08, 2013 at 3:38 AM

Alcohol is not converted into sugar. Distilled spirits, like vodka, that have no added sugars, have no carbohydrates. For a detailed but easy-to-follow explanation of the science of alcohol metabolism, go here: http://hamsnetwork.org/metabolism/

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1881 · January 08, 2013 at 2:56 AM

Wait, vodka is free of carbs? I'm pretty sure that isn't true at all. At the very least, alcohol is converted into sugar, which is most definitely a carb.

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1881 · January 08, 2013 at 2:55 AM

The only problem Stephen is that if it's good for your health or bad for your health really ends up depending on the chick. As for that grain of salt, I'll take mine with the tequila please.

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14877 · January 08, 2013 at 1:53 AM

Walk up to said chick and place vodka down on bar beside her, saying "I brought this over especially for you. It's absolutely top-rate." She says thanks and reaches for glass, but you place hand over hers, smile, and say "Oh, no, not that. I meant 'me.'" Emphasis on me. Shallow chick approved.

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14877 · January 08, 2013 at 1:52 AM

Walk up to said chick and place vodka down on bar beside her, saying "I brought this over especially for you. It's absolutely top-rate." She says thanks and reaches for glass, but you place hand over hers, smile, and say "Oh, no, not that I meant 'me.'" Emphasis on me. Shallow chick approved.

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14877 · January 08, 2013 at 1:45 AM

Walk up to said chick at bar with vodka in hand. Ask, "would you like to try this?" While setting drink on bar beside her. She says thank you but place hand over hers when she grabs the drink. Smile, and say "oh no not that. I meant me." Shallow chick approved.

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14877 · January 08, 2013 at 1:17 AM

Nice link. I think all hard alcohol is gluten free actuall? Ie tried vodka distilled from potatoes (chopin) and another one from cherries (supposedly). Prefer vodkas that I can drink neat so as to eliminate empty carbs. Those didn't cut it for me.

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14877 · January 08, 2013 at 1:10 AM

Ha. Collateral blood vessels- cool. Going to google that. Thanks for the response.

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10984 · January 07, 2013 at 11:41 PM

I think I might've read a study somewhere that there's a positive correlation between giving chicks vodka and getting laid. I'm pretty sure it was an epidemological study though, not clinical, so take it with a grain of salt.

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14877 · January 07, 2013 at 11:25 PM

and, though typically distilled from wheat, vodka does not contain gluten, as that is a protein (something which vodka lacks).

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252 · January 08, 2013 at 1:10 AM

This is actually interesting, and I'd want to look into this more for myself, as I'm typically drinking gluten-free hard liquor (bringing a bottle of wine to a party around my age probably wouldn't look right, lol), but I did find this:

http://circ.ahajournals.org/content/94/11/3023.full

apparently the health benefits of alcohol (it did not specify wine) are "mediated through increased levels of HDL cholesterol(17)." I find that rather interesting. I wonder how much alcohol consumption were talking about here. I know it speaks of "moderate" alcohol consumption in this journal, but rather than 1-2 or 3 glasses every couple nights, could moderate be considered getting drunk every once and awhile (couple times a month, if even)? I'd like to find the appropriate dose as almost everyone of my friends and lot's of relatives drink, and drink to the point of being drunk, not just 1-2 glasses of wine or a beer or two (not that their alcoholics) and it's nice to occasionally share that with them. But I much more cherish my health.

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14877 · January 08, 2013 at 1:17 AM

Nice link. I think all hard alcohol is gluten free actuall? Ie tried vodka distilled from potatoes (chopin) and another one from cherries (supposedly). Prefer vodkas that I can drink neat so as to eliminate empty carbs. Those didn't cut it for me.

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1981 · January 08, 2013 at 12:17 AM

Well, vodka is free of carbohydrates, which makes it a good choice for low-carbers.

Moderate vodka consumption is also good for cardiac health: it promotes the growth of collateral blood vessels in the heart, which can decrease the amount of damage incurred if you have a heart attack, and decreases your likelihood of experiencing chest pain.

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1981 · January 08, 2013 at 3:38 AM

Alcohol is not converted into sugar. Distilled spirits, like vodka, that have no added sugars, have no carbohydrates. For a detailed but easy-to-follow explanation of the science of alcohol metabolism, go here: http://hamsnetwork.org/metabolism/

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1881 · January 08, 2013 at 2:56 AM

Wait, vodka is free of carbs? I'm pretty sure that isn't true at all. At the very least, alcohol is converted into sugar, which is most definitely a carb.

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14877 · January 08, 2013 at 1:10 AM

Ha. Collateral blood vessels- cool. Going to google that. Thanks for the response.

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