When you've got the sniffles, there's nothing more comforting than cuddling up with a hot toddy - that blend of whiskey, tea and lemon that has been used for generations to combat the common cold. But can a cocktail actually cure a cold? No, but it can combat the symptoms, according to Dr. William Schaffner - Chair of preventive medicine at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee.
"It would not have an effect on the virus itself, but its effect on the body can possibly give you some modest symptom relief," Schaffner has claimed. "The alcohol dilates blood vessels a little bit, and that makes it easier for your mucus membranes to deal with the infection."
Meanwhile, the hot water helps relieve nasal congestion while the honey and lemon soothe the throat and the whiskey makes it a bit easier to get the extra sleep needed to beat the cold virus.
While a hot toddy can't cure the cold, its main ingredient can combat other infections. A recent study found that of all hard liquors, whiskey is the most effective for killing microbes like the sorts of bacteria that can cause staph infections. For more, check out the video below.