Why drinking gin (in moderation) is actually GOOD for you

Gin has key health benefits, when enjoyed in moderation—according to science

Gin is good for you
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Drinking gin could actually be good for you? Yes, you heard it right, looks like your favorite cocktail ingredient and tonic's long-established other half, might be just what you need.

But before we get carried away and crack into Queen Elizabeth II's limited-edition rose petal gin you've been saving for a special occasion, you need to remember to drink responsibly. And if you do, it turns out that a little bit of your favorite tipple actually comes with added health benefits.

Not only is gin tasty and easy to enjoy but it's got some serious health benefits. Don't believe us? Well, according to science, here's three reasons why pouring yourself a glass of gin and tonic is actually pretty good for you...

1. It can stop you from getting sick

Juniper berries, the tasty little treats gin is made from, are packed with anti-aging antioxidants and Vitamin C, which will boost your immune system and wards off colds and flu.

2. It can help ease aching joints 

There’s long been a link between soothing aching joint and gin. An ancient remedy is to soak a handful of golden raisins in a bowl of gin and let it evaporate overnight. Then eat up to 9 raisins a day to help ease joints and prevent inflammation.


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3. It can help ease digestion

Juniper is a diuretic, meaning it can boost kidney health and help prevent bloating by easing water retention. The herbs in bottles could also help boost digestion by helping breaking down foods quicker.

Who knew? Right, let's get those G&T's ordered...

Selina Maycock
Selina Maycock

Selina is a Senior Entertainment Writer with more than 14 years of experience in newspapers and magazines. She currently looks after all things Entertainment for GoodtoKnow, Woman&Home and My Imperfect Life.

Before joining Future Publishing, Selina graduated from the University of Sheffield in 2006 with a degree in Journalism. She is fully NCTJ and NCE qualified and has 100wpm shorthand. Having spent the start of her career working on local newspapers and online, Selina spent six years as Acting News Editor and Entertainment Reporter at the Scunthorpe Telegraph where she dug into hard news stories, conducted interviews, covered court reporting, features, and entertainment, whilst going to gigs in her spare time.

Whilst at the paper she was awarded an O2 Media Judges' Special Award for helping a terminally ill cancer sufferer realise his dying wish and marry his childhood sweetheart through a successful newspaper campaign. Things like this are close to her heart when it comes to using journalism to make a positive difference in people's lives.

Selina later branched further into all things celebrity to became a Showbiz Writer at Heat magazine, covering red carpet events, showbiz parties, and various launches before going freelance for two years. One of her biggest celebrity achievements - aside from generating celebrity exclusives - was interviewing Take That (including Robbie Williams) and bumping into Simon Cowell so much at events she told him 'I'm calling you my showbiz dad!'

In 2017 she joined TI Media as a senior reporter on Woman, Woman's Own, Woman&Home, Woman's Weekly celebrity desk before branching online in 2020 when Future gave her the opportunity to focus on digital-first.

When she's not interviewing celebrities you can find her exploring new countryside walking routes, catching up with friends over good food, or making memories.