Though there’s no shortage of quotable phrases on alcohol, Tina Fey once had some particularly wise words about the effects of beer on one’s liver. “In a study, scientists report that drinking beer can be good for the liver,” she said. “I’m sorry, did I say ‘scientists’? I meant Irish people.”
Before we start dragging Fey over her stereotypes of the Irish (smdh), as it turns out scientists have reported that drinking beer is good for the liver—it just depends what kind of beer.
According to a new study published in Oxford’s Alcohol and Alcoholism journal, a very chill group of scientists recently got four groups of mice pretty sauced and found that hoppy beer is less harmful to one’s liver than other alcoholic beverages, including hop-less brews.
The results? Well, the mice that were given the hoppy beer had the least amount of fat in their livers out of the three groups. The mice who had consumed the ethanol alcohol and the beer without hops had the same amount of liver fat.
While the scientists wouldn’t recommend going on an all-liquid, IPA diet, the authors of the study found that the presence of hops could affect the health of a drinker’s liver in the short-term.
“Our data suggest that hops content in beer is at least in part responsible for the less damaging effects of beer on the liver," the researchers, who hail from the Friedrich Schiller University Jena in Germany, wrote in the study.
As Munchies notes, hoppy beers have been known to have other health benefits over the years, helping drinkers stave off insomnia, menopause, and certain cancer.