Before a first date, at 5 p.m. on Friday, or to celebrate your birthday, there is nothing quite like a shot of tequila. While it may burn, make you wince, or reach for an extra lime, there is no doubt that the booze can bring out the party animal in anyone. But does it help you manage your weight and avoid Type 2 diabetes?

Researchers in Mexico are saying that the sugars found in tequila can do just that, as agave, a natural sweetener, can help you fight obesity and Type 2 diabetes. But before you reach for that bottle, listen up, as we all know drinking a lot of alcohol has no health benefits and can do a lot of damage to your body, especially your liver.

The study was presented at the American Chemical Society’s annual meeting, and the results were found by testing the theory on mice. There were seven different groups of mice, and each group was given different diets. What was found was that the mice fed with agave, which is the sugars found in tequila, ate less, lost weight, and had lower blood sugar levels.

Not over 21-- well you can use agave in almost anything as a sugar substitute; it is really sweet, so when adding to your tea or coffee, you don’t need a lot. When tequila is concerned, look at the labels and check for 100 percent agave on the bottle, that way you know it is not mixed with other sugars and your hangover will be less severe.