Whiskey Stereotypes Debunked

Whiskey is not more “dangerous” than wine or beer. I know that may sound silly to say, but this has been an American cultural claim that I feel needs addressing. Generally speaking, whiskey is one of the healthiest forms of alcoholic beverages.

Our culture has often pigeonholed whiskey drinkers as “hard drinkers” and that is an unfair stereotype. The association with alcoholism and whiskey has connections that go back well before prohibition, but they remain with us today. The myths and biases about whiskey are embedded in our society. Even Thomas Jefferson thought wine was culturally superior to whiskey! We can, however, educate ourselves about the realities and distance ourselves from these myths.

The ethanol in whiskey is the same ethanol that is found in wine and beer. I assure you the molecules look the same! Ethanol levels obviously differ in each beverage. A 12 ounce beer (one bottle) is equivalent to a 5 ounce glass of wine (one glass) and 1.5 ounces (standard pour) of whiskey. Any whiskey drinker will tell you that sipping their glass slowly is the way to go. Our “American cowboy” way of doing shots at the bar is a stereotype. Unfortunately, we, here in the U.S., are not properly educated about alcohol when we are young, and many that reach the age of 21 have no concept of how to participate in social drinking. The health disaster that is binge drinking or over-consumption of alcohol can be largely attributed (in my opinion) to a lack of education about alcohol.

Whiskey can be very good for your health when enjoyed in moderation. Science has proven repeatedly that a moderate pour of whiskey with (or after) dinner is good for you. Here are some help