New Study Says Booze Helps A Cold So Here Are The Best Alcoholic Drinks To Help Fight Sickness

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Drinking With Cold


Guess what! Booze is good for you! At least it’s good for your cold. In moderation. Don’t go getting hammered in place of a flu vaccine.

When it comes to adding a shot of alcohol to your cold or flu remedy, it’s hard not to wish those boozy concoctions are doing some good for your health. As it turns out, they are.

Well, kinda.

Drinks like hot toddies, which traditionally contain whiskey, lemon and honey, can actually give cold and flu patients relief from their symptoms, said Dr. William Schaffner, chair of preventive medicine at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tenn.

Now delicious alcohol doesn’t prevent sickness, or even cure it, it just helps alleviate some of the symptoms of the common cold and flu. Spiked remedies also mean keeping up with nonalcoholic fluids. “Alcohol, coffee and tea are diuretics,”, Schaffner said, “meaning they cause kidneys to get rid of fluid faster than they usually do.” Schaffner recommends supplementing the flu cocktail of whiskey with regular water or fruit juice.

And not only does the booze help with the sniffles but the warm moisture from a steaming mug of any beverage can offer symptom relief.

But what to drink?!? Here are a hot drink couple suggestions to make your sniffly wifflies a whittle better.

Hot Toddy

Autumn Wassail

Hot Gin Punch

Hot Buttered Rum


If the hard stuff isn’t your thing, beer is also beneficial, according to a Japanese study that found an ingredient in beer “can curb the respiratory syncytial virus, which causes cold- and flu-like symptoms.” 

The study, funded by Sapporo Breweries (those are the beer people), found that “humulone, a chemical in hops, can fight viruses.” A person would have to drink 30 12-ounce cans of beer for it to work. So basically you just forget you’re sick or pass out for a day.

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