Is Karaoke Good for Your Health?
From a young age, the seven children in our family have always been strongly encouraged (nudged and bribed) to sing karaoke. We are fortunate that a local karaoke host (HARRYOKE!) has a “family friendly” show once a week. The audience and singers at that weekly show range from very young to very old. We believe that when a child sings, in a supportive and friendly environment, to an audience of strangers of varied ages, it can greatly improve their self-confidence, self-esteem and communication skills.
Dr. Michael Roizen, MD says that in addition to other benefits, “families that karaoke together build bonds and banish conflict.” We learned that by experience.
While there may be social benefits to singing karaoke, which can be an intense social experience, can singing in front of a bunch of strangers really benefit your health? Professor Takeshi Tanigawa, at Ehime University Graduate School of Medicine in Japan thinks so. A study published in Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research found that karaoke nights with moderate alcohol consumption can improve heart health, relieve stress and lower the risk of having a stroke.
Another study, Music Therapy Using Singing Training Improves Psychomotor Speed in Patients with Alzheimer's Disease: A Neuropsychological and fMRI Study, shows that karaoke, “may be useful for dementia patients by improving the neural efficacy of cognitive processing.”
While moderate drinking of alcohol can enhance the karaoke experience and the health benefits, heavy drinking can lead to embarrassment, rude behavior and other consequences including several negative health effects.
Nothing in this article should be taken as medical advice. If you have a medical condition or concern contact your health care professional. Karaoke is a wonderful form of entertainment and it is nice to think that a drink or two and an evening of karaoke can actually be good for you.