10 Excellent Reasons to Drink More Whiskey

In honor of International Whiskey Day, which takes place on the third Saturday of May each year, we’d like to share some interesting facts about a favorite liquor.

1. Show me the money. Whiskey was used as currency is 18th century Pennsylvania. Whiskey loyalty would eventually start the 1794 Whiskey Rebellion, where farmers fought against taxes threatening their liquor livelihood.

2. Whiskey lasts a lifetime. Unlike wine or other liquors, a closed bottle of whiskey will stay good for 100 years. This means its value can appreciate in a big way, so buy a few rare bottles and watch their value rise.

3. Whisky doesn’t make you fat. One shot has zero fat, 0.04 carbs is gluten-free. Even with really sweet whisky, most of that taste comes from oils and compounds, not sugar. This makes whiskey a better alcohol choice for diabetics or anyone trying to avoid type-2 diabetes, since it barely impacts your levels of blood glucose. So wear your skinny jeans and drink a highball without fear!

4. It tastes like medicine. During the1920s Prohibition era, whisky could be legally imported into the U.S. because it was considered medicine, not liquor, and sold in pharmacies as a tonic. By the way, whiskey comes from the Gaelic phrase “Uisge Beatha,” which means “water of life.” It phonetically became “usky” and eventually pronounced as “whiskey.”

5. Whisky fights cancer. Whisky has many of the same anti-oxidants as wine and contains even more ellagic acid, which helps absorb rogue cancer cells in the body.

6. Whisky wards off dementia. Two separate health study found the odds of dementia were lower among those adults who consumed moderate alcohol (one to six portions a week), compared to non-drinkers and heavy drinkers.

7. Whisky reduces the risk of heart disease. Another study from 1998 found a big shot of whiskey can protect against heart disease and heart failure while boosting the body’s defenses. Single malt whiskey provided the largest concentrations of helpful antioxidants.

8. Whiskey lowers your likelihood of stroke. Large amounts of alcohol are related to a higher incidence of stroke, but moderate consumption — meaning one drink a day — that may offer protection against an ischemic stroke.

9. Whisky fights off a cold. The best cold medicine is hot toddies — whisky mixed with hot water, lemon and honey. The whiskey dilates blood vessels, making it easier for mucus membranes to combat infection.

10. It’s the American thing to do. Tennessee and Kentucky are two of the world’s primary whiskey-distilling regions. There are over 5,000 types of single-malt whiskey and they’re not going to try themselves.


Jocelyn Sexton is a marketing and corporate communications professional with more than 15 years of writing experience. She is a passionate storyteller and has worked in a variety of industries, including a stint in state government where she worked to promote Texas food with the Department of Agriculture. She earned an Executive MBA from the University of Texas at Austin, and has an undergraduate degree in Journalism-Public Relations from the University of North Texas.

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