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ANSWERED on Sun 18 Jan 2009 - 8:20 pm UTC by David Sarokin

Question: Is drinking beer good for the skin?

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 18 Jan 2009 12:06 UTCSun 18 Jan 2009 - 12:06 pm UTC 

My wife occasionally downs a Budweiser NA (non-alcoholic).

I find this curious, since neither of us drink alcohol.

She initially claimed she liked the taste.  When pressed, however, she confessed the real reason why she drinks it occasionally (3-4 per week):  she had read somewhere that doing so was good for one's skin, one's complexion, which she is perennially concerned about.

I tried to get her to stop this by pointing out that beer was fattening.  She said that was only if it had alcohol.

Anyhow, big disagreements going on in my household.

So your task is threefold:

1.  Establish--and buttress--the truth or falsity of the skin benefit.
2.  If the benefit actually accrues to beer-drinkers, does it still apply when the beer has no alcohol?
3.  Is non-alcoholic beer any less fattening than regular beer?


David Sarokin 


 18 Jan 2009 20:20 UTCSun 18 Jan 2009 - 8:20 pm UTC 


The only sort-of-legitimate information I came across regarding beer and skin is this puff piece from the "Beer and Health" website:

Live longer with a beer a day

"Beer helps against kidney stones and heart problems, gives you a nice clear skin and is recommended for sports persons....The pantothenic acid and vitamin B complex in beer also makes your skin smooth and supple..."

That's it!  I didn't see any other information, one way or another, connecting beer drinking and clear skin. Without any real evidence, it's hard to buttress the case one way or the other.  But there's certainly nothing to suggest that drinking beer is hugely beneficial, as there are many other sources of pantothenic acid and B vitamins in an ordinary diet. 

However, since it is the nutrients and vitamins in beer that are supposedly good for one's skin, rather than the alcohol content itself, then it seems a safe assumption that non-alcoholic beer or low-alcohol would be just as good as regular beer when it comes to any beneficial effects on the skin.

As for being less fattening....sure!  That's why they call it "lite" beer.  Alcohol has a high calorie content, so beer with little or no alcohol has fewer calories than regular beer. 

You can see from this Budweiser beer nutrition label (regular beer, 5% alcohol):


that it has 145 Calories per 12 oz serving, and that 67.6% (about 2/3) of the calories come from the alcohol content. 

By contrast, the same size serving of non-alcoholic (NA) Beer (0.4% alcohol) has less than half the calories -- only 60 Calories per 12 oz serving. 

That should tell you what you need know in terms of trying to convince your wife about the merits of one sort of beer or another.  But if you need any more information, just let me know by posting a Clarification, and I'm at your service.



David Sarokin 


 18 Jan 2009 20:21 UTCSun 18 Jan 2009 - 8:21 pm UTC 




 19 Jan 2009 06:13 UTCMon 19 Jan 2009 - 6:13 am UTC 

Exactly what I was looking for.  Thanks.


Rob Bowler 


 21 Jan 2009 15:47 UTCWed 21 Jan 2009 - 3:47 pm UTC 

Of course she can always use the beer for a skin complextion treatment:





 22 Jan 2009 14:44 UTCThu 22 Jan 2009 - 2:44 pm UTC 

NA beer and lite beer are differnet things. NA must legally contain 0.5 alcohol by volume or less. Lite, actually light since "Lite" is a tradename, not a sytle of beer, simply contains less calories and/or carbs than it's big brother. The reduction in alcoholic content between regular beer and light beer is often negligible, i.e., 4.5% vs. 4.0%

As for beer being fattening. Such a tired claim. There are more calories in a 12-ounce serving of milk or orange juice than in beer. No one goes around warning NOT to drink either. And how would you know how many calories are in regular beer anyway since that information is not provided on its containers?

Try this;





 25 Jan 2009 12:20 UTCSun 25 Jan 2009 - 12:20 pm UTC 

Hi Gnossie,

My serious German Sunday newspaper has just the article for you:

"Trinken für die Schönheit"    Drinking for Beauty.

It must be a serious article since it is the business section of the paper.
Besides mentioning several other things to eat or drink for health and beauty, it includes "Anti Aging Bier", a product of the cloister brewery Neuzelle, explaining that it contains water from a salt spring in Bad Saarow, Spirolina alges and flavonoid.

Unfortunately for your wife, it has 4.8% alcohol, but one has to make a compromise somewhere.


The description on the page explains that the "Sole" (salt water) is said to be good for digestion and that electrolitic effect reduces blood pressure and enhances circulation.

The alges include more than 100 good things and are made up of 60% protein with all the essential Amino acids and is rich on betacarotin, chlorophyll, selen (?), Vitamin B 12, etc., etc.

Flavonoids are mainly quercetin and protect against attack by free radicals, arteriasklerose and high blood pressure, and are said to reduce the risk of cancer.  (Apologies for any misspellings.)

AND the beer is recommended for external use, but the brewery makes a special beer for that, Badebier: 

Sold in 3 liter bottles or 20 liter non-returnable metal kegs.

These guys are really working hard on marketing; you can even order personalized labeled beer, maybe an idea for a less than successful home brewer.

Search with    anti aging beer  
and you'll find many websites in English.

Prost, Myo


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