Is a glass of wine a day really good for you?

The truth about light drinking and your health

My whole life I have heard many people talk about the benefits of a glass of wine a day.  Many of them who drink a lot more than one glass of wine at a time!

Can this really be true?  And if it is not true, well then what the hell is going on, and why do so many people believe it is true?

There have been many case studies that have set out to investigate the health effects of alcohol.  You would not be surprised to learn that it is undisputed amongst scientists that excessive drinking causes a huge number of related illnesses.

But amongst the case studies that have proven the negative health effects of alcohol, there have also been studies that conclude that light drinking is good for you.

What has sparked much of this analysis is the fact that France out of 21 countries had the second lowest rate of coronary heart disease to Japan.

But what most people don’t realize is that there are a number of other factors that need to be taken into account.  Once we start looking into these variables the pro light drinking arguments become weaker.

For example, the French drink a lot more with their meals and have less of a binge drinking culture.  Compare this to Finland a country with one of the highest incidences of heart disease.  In Finnish culture alcohol is drank once every week or two weeks in large amounts, increasing the harmful effects.

Another misconception is that the French have high fat diets.  In fact they have only moderate fat diets and consume more fish than most other countries.  This is a factor that is very likely to be responsible for the lowered rate of heart disease.

Ireland has one of the highest rates of coronary heart disease but one of the lowest intakes of fruit of any country.  The idea that just by drinking more and not taking into account other factors has led many people to justify their drinking habits.

If we compare Japan which has the lowest rate of heart disease we find more interesting results.  Japan per capita consumes half the amount of alcohol as France.  Japan also has a very low animal fat consumption.  Therefore, Japan clearly demonstrates there is something wrong with the conclusion that drinking more is better for your heart.

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You may be aware of media reports that people who are in there middle age are more likely to die if they completely stop drinking.  Compared to people who continue to drink a moderate amount.

A large case study was carried out that took both moderated drinkers and abstainers and tracked their health over a period of 15 years.  The study found that the abstainers had a much higher incidence of heart disease than the moderate drinkers.

However, what the study did not account for where a number of variables that made this an unfair experiment.  The drinkers





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