Until they went and got a bunch of rodents totally hammered.
German scientists recently split some female mice into three groups: One set consumed hoppy beer, other mice drank beer without hops, and the third group guzzled straight-up ethanol. No word on whether the mice drunk texted old rats from college or threw up in an Uber after their happy hour.
Twelve hours later, the scientists opened the mice’s livers to analyze the effects of each type of booze. The mice that drank the hoppy beer had the least amount of fat buildup in their livers, while the regular beer and hard liquor groups had more.
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In the study, the researchers write that the hops content in beer may help protect your liver from the damaging effects of alcohol.
Two notes about the study: It was funded by the German brewing industry, and the results may not correlate to humans. So you should probably take the finding with a grain of salt (or pellet of hops).
Still, we’ll always share good news about beer, even if- especially if-it involves inebriated vermin. Pick a great IPA from our list of The Best Beers For Fall and toast to your health tonight.