Is Beer Better Than Water?

A study at Granada University of Spain seem to suggest than beer is better than water at rehydrating the body after exercise.

Here’s what the researchers did:

  1. Asked 25 students to run on a treadmill at 104 degrees Fahrenheit to the point of exhaustion
  2. Measured their levels of hydration, motor skills and their ability to concentrate
  3. Half the students were given water to drink and the other half were given Spanish lager


Those who were given beer had slightly better hydration levels than those who were given plain water.


Professor Manuel Garzon, a member of Granada’s medical faculty, believes that “carbon dioxide in beer helps quench thirst more quickly, and that beer’s carbohydrates replace calories lost during physical exertion” and recommends athletes to consume moderate (500mL for men, 250mL for women) amounts of beer daily.

Should we now put beer inside our hydration packs instead of water?

Thanks to The Cleveland Leader.


  1. Tyler says

    @Tricia: you must not be drinking enough beer. Try something more nourishing, like an imperial stout.

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