The Surprising Health Benefits of Rum & Whisky

Could a shot of whisky or rum a day really keep the doctor at bay? Research says so!

Before we get to the interesting stuff though, please read our disclaimer. Don’t skip this part like the passengers that ignore flight attendants’ pre-flight safety demonstrations. Be lekker.

Deeliver promotes responsible drinking. Alcoholism and binge drinking is detrimental to your health and will undo any good thing that moderate amounts may have. This post does not constitute medical advice and liquor should not replace any prescribed and/or chronic medication. Alcohol is not for sale to persons under the age of 18. And, please, don’t drink and drive.

Moderate drinking, in this case, is defined as up to two drinks a day for males and up to one a day for females. Sorry fem-bodied people, it’s only because male-bodied people break down alcohol faster than you do. 

Now that the housekeeping's out of the way, here’s a list of potential health benefits to be gained from the moderate consumption of whisky and rum (as shown by research, 'cos we're anti-Facebook news like that).


1. Too Stressed to Be #Blessed

Both whisky and rum have been shown to work as great relaxants for people who desperately need to chill. A single serving of whisky or rum settles the nerves and calms the brain, which in turn reduces anxiety. No wonder so many business owners keep decanters in their offices.


2. Matters of the Heart

When you drink moderately, you are up to 50% less likely to experience a heart attack or stroke than teetotalers (people who abstain from alcohol – they must be totally into tea 🤷). Strong liquor acts as a blood thinner, boosting the amount of High-Density Lipoprotein (HDL – or good cholesterol), which prevents the build-up of Low-Density Lipoprotein (LDL – or bad cholesterol, the one that clogs arteries).

But don’t cancel your gym membership or stop eating your greens just yet! Regular exercise and a healthy diet are still two of the principle drivers of positive health outcomes so, no, you can't just drink whisky or rum alone if you're eager to keep your ticker going long enough to clock a few more rounds. 


3. Glass of Ice-Cold Cold Cure

While excessive drinking can make you sick as hell, moderate whiskey consumption can temporarily widen your blood vessels, helping your phlegm-y chest to loosen, which lets your body do its germ-slaying thing easier and faster. That same effect can also offer some reprieve from that annoying coughing or wheezing that keeps you (and your potential ned mate) up all night. 

Other studies show people who have a daily drink have bodies that get colds less, are better at removing bacteria, and creating antibodies than people who don't! Pretty neat. huh? We though so too! However, more research is needed to understand this relationship. 


4. Immune Booster Shots

This one has got scientists scratching their heads, but several studies show an association between moderate alcohol consumption and the improved immunity of diseases, as well as better responses to vaccines. Try  adding a shot to a warm drink the next time you’re home and feeling under the weather.


5. Memory Boost

Whisky and rum may boost your cognitive performance and reduce your chances of developing dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. One study found that people who drank anywhere from one to six drinks per week were less likely to develop dementia than non-drinkers! Who would have thunk it?!

Those same antioxidants help the brain to retain information and reduce the build-up of plaque and free radicals that are associated with interrupting neural pathways. Why not try a glass while filling in crossword puzzles?

For more information on the studies mentioned, visit

Now's about the time you're feeling pretty thirsty, we guess? Feel free to browse our wide range of cold drinks, whiskies, and rums and let’s have a toast to our good health?



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