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    OK, Everyone, It's Time To Start Drinking More Whiskey

    Whiskey means "water of life," so drink the hell up.

    1. Whiskey has a healthy dose of antioxidants. And the more antioxidants you've got, the more they can fight against serious health problems.

    Time to drink up, because it has more antioxidants than cognac, grappa, rum, and some rosé and white wines.

    2. Whiskey is carb-free and only has 64 calories per serving.


    Compare that to red wine, which packs 130 calories and 4 of carbs, and it looks damn near healthy.

    3. Sore throat? No problem — just gargle whiskey with a bit of warm water to numb the pain.

    4. Low to moderate alcohol consumption — whiskey included! — has been associated with a lower risk of Alzheimer's.

    There's not a ton of info on why this is, and it might be due to totally unrelated factors, but people who drink low to moderate amounts of alcohol (defined as up to one drink a day for women and two for men) have a lower risk of dementia. That said, heavier drinking has been shown to increase your risk.

    5. And a study out of Harvard showed that moderate drinking was also associated with a 25-40% reduced risk of stroke and heart attack.

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    Again, it's all about that moderation. Because drinking too much of the stuff has the opposite effect.

    6. Drinking moderate amounts (of whiskey, in this case) can also reduce your chance of developing Type 2 diabetes by 30%.

    And again I spout: Drinking whiskey in moderation is key.

    7. Research shows that alcohol can even make you more creative, and Ernest Hemingway would endorse whiskey.

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    After all, Hemingway once said, "When you work hard all day with your head and know you must work again the next day, what else can change your ideas and make them run in a different plane like whisky?"

    8. Whiskey also adds a full-bodied flavor when cooking and, in particular, when it comes to baked goods. So add a pinch in.

    Try it out with this whiskey cinnamon roll recipe. You won't regret it.

    9. You can buy a bottle of Irish whiskey in America for almost half the price of buying that same bottle in Ireland.

    There's a tax in Ireland that makes a bottle of their own whiskey nearly double the price that we can buy it for in America...yikes.

    10. We're going to start seeing more whiskeys emerge from India, and more variety is always a welcome thing.

    India is the largest consumer of whiskey, while America comes in second for highest whiskey consumption.

    11. A new study found that the average person can't tell the difference between rye and bourbon, so when you have company over, just serve them whatever the hell you want least.

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    They won't know the difference. Probably.

    12. Whiskey is meant to be savored. On average you should enjoy a whiskey drink over the course of 30 minutes, meaning you get to enjoy your drink for longer than the average consumer.

    Start by smelling your drink, then taking a sip and letting it roll around in your mouth. Take your time, and your whiskey will love you right back.

    13. And finally: The word "whiskey" actually translates to "water of life."

    It originates from the Gaelic “Uisge Beatha,” which means “water of life.” It probably also means "you picked the right drink."