It Turns Out Drinking A Little Bit Of Whiskey Can Help Relieve Your Cold Symptoms
Published in Jan 2020 / Updated in Aug 2021
If you’re ever bored with soup or tea, there’s a much more creative way to handle your common cold!
When suffering a horrible cold, the only thing you want is to pass out and wake up when it’s over. While there are numerous medications to curb this cold, I often find the easiest way to drift off is by consuming a copious amount of booze.
The thing is when you’re sick, most of us don’t think guzzling a substance that’s literally poison for your body is a good idea.
If we’re going by the “tried and true” ways of old-heads everywhere, we act like there’s nothing a shot of whiskey can’t solve.
Going under the knife? Drink some whiskey. About to get a bullet taken out of your arm? Pour some booze on it. Unhappy with your life and incapacity to get out of your rut because embracing change and working towards your dreams actually mean something to you is very scary? Drink whiskey!
Though it seems unhealthy and unreasonable, especially if you’re using alcoholic drinks to mollify your emotions and pain for just about anything, it turns out the old-heads were actually right when they started gulping some whiskey whenever they felt flu symptoms coming on.
A recent study proves there are some medical benefits to drinking ‘cold remedy cocktails.’
According to Mayo Clinic:
“Symptoms of a common cold usually appear one to three days after exposure to a cold-causing virus.”
Signs and symptoms of a cold include (may vary from person to person):
Runny or stuffy nose
A sore throat
Slight body aches or a mild headache
Generally feeling unwell (malaise)
Though there’s no real cure for common colds, you’ll benefit a lot from a bit of whiskey.
By combining whiskey, lemon juice, honey, and hot water, you’ll get the “hottoddy,” a traditional alcoholic cocktail that clears the sinuses and puts the aching body at ease.
Whiskey is what gives the drink its unique effect, and according to Dr. William Schaffner, chair of preventive medicine at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, the cocktail will help a runny nose.
“The alcohol dilates blood vessels a little bit, and that makes it easier for your mucus membranes to deal with the infection.”
However, note that drinking too much whiskey won’t make you feel better. So, even when taking this hot toddy, ensure you drink plenty of water.