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Can Alcohol Be Good for You?

Can Alcohol Be Good for You?

Do you wind down in the evening with a glass of wine or a beer? If so, you’re among millions who do. Ancient civilizations thought beer and wine could cure more than one hundred illnesses. But for years, alcohol has been branded as a bad guy in the beverage family. Do these drinks deserve their bad reputations? The latest studies may prompt you to raise a mug and cheer.

Benefits: The following benefits are attributed to moderate drinking only–not exceeding one drink a day for women or two drinks a day for men. A standard drink is: one 12-ounce bottle of beer or wine cooler; one 8- or 9-ounce malt liquor; one 5-ounce glass of wine; 2 or 3 ounces of liqueur; 3 or 4 ounces of wine, sherry or port; and 1.5 ounces of 80-proof distilled spirits or brandy.

- Prevents Alzheimer’s Disease and Boosts Brain Power. Light to moderate alcohol consumption, among nonsmokers, reduces the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease. The resveratrol in red wine increases blood flow to the brain, helping you think.

- Healthy Blood Vessel Function. Some research has found red wine to be beneficial to the health of the cells lining the blood vessels. Resveratrol promotes the healthy function of fat cells. Longevity. Studies have shown that low to moderate alcohol consumption increases people’s longevity.

- Good Cholesterol and Healthy Heart. Moderate drinkers experienced higher levels of HDL “good” cholesterol and less risk of fatal heart disease.

- Prevents Blood Clots. Moderate drinking protects against ischemic strokes, those caused by blood clots.

- Prevents Type 2 Diabetes. Research shows that moderate drinkers were less likely to develop Type 2 diabetes.

So in general, moderate drinkers were reported to lead healthier lives than heavy drinkers or nondrinkers.

To read more benefits of moderate alcohol consumption, pick up a copy of the 2012 Farmers’ Almanac!

8 comments

1 austin { 03.06.12 at 3:47 pm }

Harmit spread unresearched BS. “What about the damage done to the kidneys and liver? Lets just ignore that, shall we?” That rarely happens in moderate drinking, good sir. Nice try.

2 Harmit { 11.05.11 at 9:26 am }

Here we go again. Whoever thinks the consumption of alcohol has any health benefits, needs to do a lot of research. People need to start looking at things holistically. So apparently alcohol can prevent alzheimer’s disease? What about the damage done to the kidneys and liver? Lets just ignore that, shall we? People believe what they want to believe so that they can do the things they enjoy!

3 Jang Dongsoon { 09.22.11 at 12:44 am }

Let me introduce one of small wisdom prevailing in far east countries about small amount , rountine drinking of alcohol. First of all, I fully agree with the content of summary given above such as Good Cholesterol and Healthy Heart, etc. But I do like to say only one thing that a couple of routine bottles of beer everyday will be critically harmful to your liver such as cirrhosis without noticing it. The reason of this cirrhosis is not in the hard work of liver for the treatment of alcohol in liver but rather laziness of the liver cell due to the increase the blood flow by alcohol. In other words, the increase blood flow causes most of liver cell can take a fully comfortable rest without doing anything. The laziness of liver cell results in hardening of liver cell itself.This is quite similiar to for helping homework for idle student. He or she will not to try to study any more by himself.

4 fawnfun { 09.07.11 at 12:13 pm }

Grapes in any form, what a fruit!

5 gshaul { 09.04.11 at 10:45 am }

I guess what the Bible says is true……and more so: “A little wine is good for the stomach.” Amazing that the Bible said before scientists did.

6 Randy { 09.03.11 at 11:49 am }

It’s not the alcohol that provides the health benefit, but the product it’s made from, like grapes, berry’s, hops ex., alcohol on it’s own provides a zero health benefit.

7 Jan Newman { 09.02.11 at 10:42 am }

I also believe in one glass of wine a day is good for you

8 omajayne { 08.31.11 at 11:38 am }

I truly believe in one glass of red wine daily. My lab reports each year prove it..

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