February 10, 2016


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What other names is Beer known by?

Alcohol, Alcool, Bière, Cerveza, Ethanol, Éthanol.

What is Beer?

Beer is an alcoholic drink.

Likely Effective for...

  • Preventing cardiovascular (heart and blood circulation) disease, such as heart attack, stroke, atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries), and angina (heart pain).
  • Reducing the risk of dying from cardiovascular disease and other causes.

Possibly Effective for...

  • Preventing diabetes (type 2), and heart disease in people with diabetes.
  • Maintenance of intellectual function with aging.
  • Preventing ulcers caused by a bacteria called Helicobacter pylori.

Possibly Ineffective for...

  • Reducing the risk of death from cancer.

Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...

  • Reducing the risk of Alzheimer's disease, anxiety, osteoporosis, prostate cancer, breast cancer, gallstones, kidney stones, and stimulating appetite and digestion.

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database rates effectiveness based on scientific evidence according to the following scale: Effective, Likely Effective, Possibly Effective, Possibly Ineffective, Likely Ineffective, and Insufficient Evidence to Rate (detailed description of each of the ratings).

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