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21 Reasons You Should Definitely Drink More Beer

Not like you need convincing.

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1. It keeps your kidneys healthy.

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A Finland study found that beer had more kidney benefits than other alcoholic drinks; each bottle of beer that men consumed daily lowered their risk of developing kidney stones by 40%.

2. It has fiber.

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Beer, especially dark beer, pours up about a gram of soluble fiber in each 12-ounce bottle. Fiber helps lower your levels of LDL, the "bad" kind of cholesterol.

Wine has none. SUCK IT, WINE.

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5. Beer can boost your levels of B vitamins.

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A Dutch study found that beer-drinking participants had 30% higher levels of vitamin B6 levels in their blood than their non-drinking counterparts, and twice as much as wine drinkers.

Another bonus: Beer also contains vitamin B12 and folic acid.

7. Beer has a rich history: It's one of the oldest beverages that humans have produced.

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The Ebla tablets, which date back to c. 2500 BCE in Mesopotamia, reveal that brewing beer was a popular occupation for women. Beer made from baked barley bread was part of the daily diet of Egyptian pharaohs.

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12. A chemical compound in hops contains antiviral properties.

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Researchers in Sapporo, Japan, found that the compound humulone provides an effective guard against a virus that can cause severe forms of pneumonia and bronchitis in children.

Someone would have to drink around 30, 12-ounce cans for humulone to have any virus-fighting effect, however. But it's the thought that counts. Bottoms up!

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16. It could be good for your future political career.

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The former prime minister of Australia once set a beer-chugging record. As a student at Oxford, Bob Hawke downed a yard of ale in 11 seconds; he claims the feat endeared him to the beer-drinking community and earned him new constituents.

17. There are giant floating space clouds full of BEER.

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Not kidding.The alcohol in them could make 400 trillion trillion pints of beer. Unfortunately, it's about 10,000 light years away. But this is proof that the universe is PRO-drinking.

18. Guinness is actually a light beer.

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At 125 calories a pint, it clocks in with fewer calories than Budweiser and Coors, and most ales and lagers. So drink up, Guinness fans: it's basically the same thing as eating a kale salad. BASICALLY.

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19. Beer is feminist.

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The first brewers were mostly women, and colonial women ran most of the ancient beer halls and taverns. The Greeks viewed wine as a manly drink, while beer was seen as feminine and less classy. Read more here.

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