A glass of Irish whiskey

A glass of Irish whiskey

As if we needed proof, but here it is nonetheless, that Irish whiskey is not only good for you, it will make you live longer! 

Don't just take our word for it - there's scientific research to back up these claims. Earlier this year, a study was presented to the American Association for the Advancement of Science which linked moderate alcohol consumption to a longer lifespan.

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University of California neurologist Claudia Kawas and her team have been studying the lifestyle habits of people who live until their 90s. The group have been researching people of this age group for some 15 years - and they have found that  those who drank two units of alcohol every day were less likely to die prematurely. 

“I have no explanation for it, but I do firmly believe that modest drinking improves longevity,” Kawas said

What's more is that whiskey contains ellagic acid, a powerful antioxidant that can eliminate harmful, cancerous free radicals in the body. Whiskey even contains more of it than red wine, which has always been considered on the 'healthier' spectrum of alcoholic drinks. 

Jameson Distillery

Jameson Distillery

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As for your heart health - moderate whiskey consumption may reduce the risk of experiencing a stroke or heart attack by 50%. Similarly, those who sipped modest amounts of the liquor (one to six portions a week) were half as likely to suffer dementia in adulthood. 

When it comes to creativity, whiskey definitely delivers that often needed 'Dutch courage'. A study by the University of Illinois polled 40 men on their study habits and found a man was more creative when he had a blood alcohol content of about .075. 

See, there's a reason why the Irish call whiskey Uisce Beatha - it really is the "water of life". 

Salted Caramel Whiskey Cake

Salted Caramel Whiskey Cake

Bake with whiskey!

Try out this recipe for Salted Caramel Whiskey Cake

Story originally published by Irish Central