International Whiskey Day 2024: History, Myths, Benefits and Harmful Effects of Regular Consumption


Published By: Nibandh Vinod

Last Updated: March 27, 2024, 06:10 IST

International Whiskey Day is celebrated on March 27. (Image: Shutterstock)

International Whiskey Day is celebrated on March 27. (Image: Shutterstock)

International Whiskey Day is observed in a bid to celebrate the flavours, diversity and rich history of the widely-consumed drink. The day is also observed to mark the birth anniversary of famous Whiskey and beer writer Michael James Jackson.

Marked on 27 March every year, International Whiskey Day is observed in a bid to celebrate the flavours, diversity and rich history of the widely-consumed drink. Besides that, the day is also observed in the memory of famous Whiskey and beer writer Michael James Jackson, who was born on the same date. People also celebrate the day to show their support for those who suffer from Parkinson’s Disease and spread awareness about the same. On the occasion of International Whiskey Day, let’s take a look at its history along with some myths, benefits, and health risks associated with Whiskey consumption.

International Whiskey Day: History

International Whiskey Day was first launched in the year 2009 at the Whiskey Day Festival in the northern Netherlands. While it was originally proposed in 2008, it was established in 2009 in the presence of several Whiskey writers at the festival in memory of the beloved British Whiskey writer.

Notably, the date was meticulously chosen to coincide with Michael James Jackson’s birthday to commemorate the day. On this day, while people are encouraged to consume Whiskey to celebrate Jackson’s life and show their love for the drink, many use the occasion to create awareness about the treatment of Parkinson’s Disease, a condition which Jackson suffered for a long time.

Myths about Whiskey

  1. While it is mostly believed that Whiskey can be either consumed neat or on the rocks, it is a very common myth that this is the only way to consume it. In fact, premium Whiskey is designed with versatile flavours, making them ideal for mixing in cocktails.
  2. There has been a constant debate about whether blended whiskeys can match up to pure blends. However, the truth is that creating the perfect blended whisk is more of an art than science. If done perfectly, blended Whiskey can be satisfying giving a flavourful drinking experience.
  3. There is a popular belief that Whiskey is a winter drink; however, this is not true at all as it can be also a perfect summer drink with combinations like Whiskey Sour, Bourbon Peach Tea, Irish Coffee Milkshake or a simple Whiskey lemonade. These can be a perfect option for a hot summer evening or weekend party.
  4. Another common misconception about Whiskey is that all of them taste the same. This is not true at all as each drink has its own set of complexities with unique notes, when tasted neat or mixed with the right element can make a great drink.

Benefits of Whiskey

  1. Made from fermented grains and containing at least 40 per cent alcohol, it is believed that moderate consumption of Whiskey can have potential benefits like relieving cold symptoms.
  2. Containing high levels of polyphenols which are also a form of antioxidants, if consumed at moderate levels, Whiskey can help to lower bad cholesterol levels and increase good cholesterol in the body. However, more concrete proof is needed.
  3. If consumed in small amounts, Whiskey can help to clear congestion in the sinuses and chest, making it easier for the body to fight off infections or relief from cold or flu symptoms.
  4. Like other alcoholic beverages, whiskey can have a relaxing effect on the body and help in reliving stress. However, regular consumption is not advised.

Harmful effects of Whiskey

Despite the aforementioned benefits, excessive consumption of whiskey can have a lot of negative effects on the body.

  1. Drinking Whiskey in large amounts can cause heavy damage to the liver, leading to liver failure in severe cases.
  2. Consuming Whiskey on a regular basis can cause the problem of alcoholism which often leads to physical and mental dependence. It can also impact a person’s mental and cognitive health.
  3. Heavy drinking has been also linked to an increased risk of certain types of cancer including liver cancer, throat cancer and even breast cancer.
  4. Besides liver, excessive consumption can also affect heart health causing high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or heart disease.
  5. Pregnant women should strictly avoid consuming Whiskey as it can cause problems with the baby’s growth leading to an increased risk of miscarriage, premature birth, and even fatal alcohol syndrome.


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