The Health Benefits of Drinking Beer and Playing Beer Pong

Did you know that drinking beer in moderation is actually good for you? What about playing beer pong? I am going to point to a few studies that prove to you that both beer drinking and playing beer pong will make you a healthier person. Having fun while getting healthier, what a great combination!
sexy girls playing beer pong
[Doesn’t beer pong look fun? I’ll answer for you…Yes! You know you enjoy the tacky photos I post on this site!]

Beer Has Just As Many Health Benefits as Red Wine

Recent studies are showing that beer has just as much, if not more benefits than drinking red wine. Dr. Kaplan of the University of Texas has studied the impact alcohol has on health for over 40 years. Dr. Kaplan told the Journal about two recent large-scale studies that honed in on beer: in one, a look at 70,000 female nurses showed that those who drank moderate amounts of beer had less hypertension than did nurses who drank either wine or spirits. He also points to a survey of 128,934 adults in the Kaiser Permanente managed-care system. It showed that male beer drinkers among the group were at a statistically significant lower risk of coronary-artery disease than were men who drank red wine, white wine or spirits.

Beer Drinkers Less Likely to Have Heart Disease and Strokes

At the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, Dr. Margo A. Denke, an Associate Professor of Medicine, conducted clinical research on the health effects of alcohol, and beer in particular. The results of her 2001 study found that moderate consumption of alcohol can lower risk of heart disease and stroke. “The majority of more recent large population-based studies have observed that moderate drinking in the range of one to three drinks daily is associated with a 30-40 percent lower rate of coronary heart disease compared to non-drinking,” wrote Dr. Denke. She cited several reasons for her findings.

Moderate Beer Drinking is Healthier than Hard Alcohol

Dr. Denke believes that beer is a more beneficial alcoholic drink than spirits because beer contains many more nutrients per serving, such as protein and B-vitamins and minerals such as magnesium, cadmium and iron. She found that one to two beers a day provides 14 percent of dietary calories, 11 percent of dietary protein, 12 percent of dietary carbohydrates, nine percent of dietary phosphorus, seven percent of dietary riboflavin and five percent of dietary niacin.

What is Moderate Drinking and What is Too Much?

The studies I read said that moderate beer drinking is 2 beers a day for men and 1 beer a day for women. Binge drinking is unhealthy and does a lot of harm. So while moderate drinkers may be healthier than non-drinkers, heavy drinking is bad for you. Obviously pregnant women shouldn’t drink or anybody at risk for alcoholism. Also people with certain health challenges should not drink as well.

Different “Types” of Beer Have Different Benefits

India Pale Ales (IPA’s): IPA’s have up to 80 times the amount of hops compared to main stream beers. Hops contain a compound called polyphenols. These compounds lower cholesterol, fight cancer, and kills viruses. Just one 12 ounce glass of an IPA has a significant amount of this compound, which is enough to make a positive impact.

Stouts (Dark Beer): Stouts are beers that have a dark, creamy, and smoky finish…Guinness is probably the most popular. The crazy thing here is that they are naturally low in calories. For some reason I always thought the darker the color, the more calories the beer would contain. Stout beers often times have just a little more calories than typical “light beers”.

Wheat Beers and Hefeweizen Beer: These are medium bodied beers that are a bit cloudy. Another form of wheat beer is the Belgium White Beers (Hoegaarden is the most well-known). These are my favorite beers by far! Wheat beers have much more yeast than normal beers. Wheat beers are a great source of b vitamins and chromium. German doctors used to prescribe wheat beer to patients with vitamin deficiencies. I need to go to a doctor like that!

What is My Favorite Beer of All Time?

Not that you care, but I have to give a plug to this brewery. New Belgium Brewery in Colorado makes the best beer I have ever tasted. I have tasted a lot and I know there has to be some amazing beer in other parts of the world, but New Belgium Brewery Does it right. I am surrounded by microbreweries in Seattle, but none of them can touch this beer located many states away from me. Widmere used to be my favorite beer and it can be purchased all over the US, but New Belgium Brewery has a beer called “Mothership Wit”, which is an organic wheat beer. Out of the hundreds (thousand maybe) of different beers I’ve tried…this stuff does it for me. It is like a smoother version of Hoegaarden (which is the world dominator when it comes to “white beers”).

So How is Beer Pong Healthy for You?

Well, you consume healthy beer while playing! You also may burn 20-30 calories in a competitive match. I really wanted an excuse to do a post on beer pong for a while, because it is actually pretty fun. A lot of people think you need a ping pong table to play, which isn’t the case.

[Learn how to play beer pong with this 2 minute instructional video.]

Note: I Realize Some People Won’t Enjoy This Post

Some people are completely against beer consumption. Yes…it is actually hard for me to understand what life would be like without beer, but it’s true! I realize I have a fitness site here, but I want people to know you can “live a little” and do fun things and still be healthy and look great. It’s all about moderation.

Question to the Readers in the UK, Germany, and Australia

Are the rumors true that there are beer gardens and cool pubs all over the place in your country? Please tell me this is a reality! I have seen incredible pictures of German beer gardens and it looks like something I need to experience. I also want to watch a Football (soccer) match in a pub in London and go to a beach bar in Australia. We all need to have goals!

30 thoughts on “The Health Benefits of Drinking Beer and Playing Beer Pong”

  1. Rusty. What a good page you got here. I realize its been a while since this talk was going on. I’m from Manchester, England and yes. We have thousands of pubs all over our small country. In the neighborhood I live in the are like 6 pubs within a 5 minute walk from my house which means many pleasant intoxicated walks home without having to worry bout driving!
    Many of the pubs have beer gardens but the weather here in usually pretty bad so beer gardens are pretty much smoking areas nowadays. Except for summer!
    I love my beer just like everyone else on this page. Glad to find out my nagging girlfriend was wrong about the bad effects of beer. Haha. Mothership wit sounds great. I’m gonna have to find me a few to experience the taste first hand! There are many great beers all over europe too. If you ever get the chance. Try travel through europe, concentrating on beer. Haha. Just make sure you do it in the summer! I remember when me and my friends went on a school trip to austria where the legal age to drink beer is 16! Getting served in an austrian bar when your 15 is a good feeling!
    Well. I hope I answered a few questions from this side of the pond! Thanks again rusty! And keep knocking back those beers and we will all live long and healthy lives!

  2. Hey Rusty

    Yeah its true about the beer gardens being everywhere in Australia. We even have rooftop ones right in the middle of the city in Melbourne aswell as all along the coast line.

    Andy A

  3. I love your remark about beer drinking but my problem is that i drink at least 3 to 4 boltle every day. i hope it will not affect my health,

  4. I binge drink like there’s no tomorrow- it’s the only thing that keeps my body fat up. I don’t drink daily or even weekly but that Native American in me just wont let up with the feelings right and the night is young, then not young then old and then it’s the next day. Oh well, at least there’s always something to work on.

  5. Matt,

    I don’t remember liking Nevada Wheat…or at least in didn’t make an impression. Mothership Wit, changed the game for everyone! An amazing organic beer that is smooth with flavor.

    I need to try some dark wheat beers. We have some German pubs in a small neighborhood near downtown Seattle.

    I think you will like Corona light for the summer. It is refreshing and I swear it gets colder than most beers!


  6. So I tried the Nevada Wheat last night and didnt like it at all. Or maybe because I had a mothership first and anything following that beer is not going to taste that great.

    What do you think of German beer?? Have you ever had a DARK wheat beer or a weiss dunkel?! They have it at this german resturante(Freisisenhaus) in my town(new braunfels) on tap. Its amazing! The owner gets all his beer on tap from Germany. He’s got hofbräu original and hofbräu dunkel on tap. And he just got in this dark wheat beer thats amazing! Its almost up there with mothership, its kind of different but just as smooth!

    I’ll have to try the Corona Light, I like regular Corona so I’ll definatly give it a shot. What do you think about the heineken light?

  7. Matt,

    I love the idea of having a fitness site that discusses beer in detail. That just makes me happy! most Sierra Nevada stuff is pretty decent. I know I have had their wheat before but it has been a while. A good excuse to sample it again.

    I am such a big fan of Mothership Wit, that I have a tough time with other White and Wheat beers.

    You know what I like in the summer. Corona Light without lime. It is much better than regular Corona and it is a light beer with a decent taste. I know it is common, but a solid choice.

    I go to 3 large beerfests each year…it is a big hobby of mine 🙂


  8. Hey Rusty what do you think about Sierra Nevada Wheat?? I really respect your taste in beer, you seemed to hit the jackpot with mothership wit!


  9. Peter,

    The HGH release that happens when you workout hard on an empty stomach, more than makes up for not eating protein before your workout. Workout on an empty stomach, and then eat more after your workout. You will burn fat and maintain or even gain muscle.


    I know some people don’t like beer…I can’t comprehend it! Actually that is cool. I didn’t like it the first 3-4 times a tried it, but now I think it is “heavenly”!


  10. Sorry man, just not going to convince me to drink beer, even if its good for me! I just cannot stand the stuff! blech!

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