When you’re sick with a cold, it can be downright miserable. A nose that’s simultaneously runny and stuffy, that hacking cough, sore throat… it’s the worst. However, before you down your next dose of Nyquil, why not reach for a whiskey glass instead? It might do more to help your symptoms, according to doctors!
According to Huffington Post, the classic recipe for a Hot Toddy consists of whiskey, honey, lemon juice, and hot water. The concoction can relieve nasal congestion due to the steam from the hot water, which is always a good thing. According to Dr. William Schaffner in an interview with ABC News, “The alcohol dilates blood vessels a little bit, and that makes it easier for your mucus membranes to deal with the infection.” While it might make you feel better when you already have one, it’s not going to keep you from getting a cold or make it go away more quickly when you do have one. It will simply make the experience a little bit more bearable.