Alcohol abuse is a major cause of morbidity and mortality, causing disease and injury and resulting in about 2.5 million deaths each year, according to the World Health Organization. In some population groups, however, low levels of alcohol use may have a beneficial effect on some diseases.
Beer is the most frequently consumed alcoholic beverage in the world and the third most popular beverage overall. And growing evidence supports the nutritional and health benefits of moderate consumption of alcohol as part of a healthy lifestyle.
Although beer has not yet gained the healthful reputation that wine has, more and more benefits are being discovered. The slides above offer a concise summary of the health pros and cons of drinking beer.