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No excuses: Drink more beer!

The other day I saw pumpkin spice beer. Yes, you read that right: pumpkin spice… BEER.

Is nothing sacred anymore???

If you need pumpkin spice in your beer, you need your taste buds examined — and possibly the rest of your head, too.

But if you like plain old beer… the kind we enjoyed for centuries before the “craft beer” snobs came along and starting putting pumpkin in the brew… I’ve got some good news for you today.

New research proves a mug-o-suds is the best mood-booster around!

In the study, researchers gave 30 men and 30 women either a nonalcoholic beer or just enough of the real stuff to raise blood alcohol levels to 0.4 grams per liter.

That’s not even close to drunk. That’s not even buzzed — that’s just enough for you to feel it a little. And as the new study shows, you’ll feel more than the warmth of a little booze flowing through your veins.

You’ll feel happier!

Now, of course it’s just common sense. Booze in general can raise the spirits — but this study shows how you don’t have to be sloshed to see those mood-lifting benefits.

Just a few sips, and you’re on your way!

Along with being happier, you’ll see happiness in others more easily and be more empathetic to others when they’re not.

In other words, it not only makes YOU happy. It’ll make you help others be happy, too.

Maybe that’s what this election season needs: more beer for everyone!

The study also confirms that alcohol is indeed a social lubricant, because even those low levels of beer turned the volunteers into social butterflies.

And if you’re sharing that brew with the love of your life, maybe with a nice romantic dinner, you might get a little something else out of it — because the study finds beer can even make it easier to slip into “the mood,” especially for women.

Folks who had the booze-free brew, on the other hand, didn’t see any of those benefits — and that’s not all they missed out on, because other studies show that beer packs even more health-boosted effects.

When barley and hops meet up with some yeast, they turn ordinary water into a carbonated super-brew packed with essential micronutrients — including the essential silicon that can protect aging bones from breaks and fractures.

Beer can also cut your risk of heart problems by 25 percent and even fight off the beta-amyloid plaques in the brain linked to dementia.

So if you need a lift — and let’s face it, who doesn’t these days? — don’t be afraid to crack open a cold one, kick back, and enjoy a cold brew on a cool autumn evening.

Just stay away from the pumpkin spice.

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