Moderate Drinking and Health – Does It Help, Harm or What?

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A person might get whiplash from trying to follow all the research on the benefits and harms of moderate alcohol consumption.

One day a few drinks are considered to have health benefits, the next day a few drinks are the devil.

Alcohol is an important local product

Yakima is a major wine, beer and cider producing region and this type of information could have an economic impact. We are therefore committed to sharing and sharing all the information we find.

A week ago today I posted a story about how wine, and red wine in particular, holds promise for warding off type II diabetes. So what day is it today? It’s whiplash reversal day, with new research on “brain shrinkage” in Pennsylvania.

Science says…

Fox News reported on this and found:

Drinking one to two alcoholic beverages a day is not good for your brain. Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania have found that drinking an average of one to two alcoholic beverages a day may be associated not only with negative changes in brain gray and white matter, but also with reduced brain volume. The National Institute on Aging says our brains naturally shrink over time, but this new study suggests that drinking alcohol may speed up the reduction in height

Negative results with a confusing contradiction

So what happens when your brain shrinks? Does your hat suit you better? No, and that’s no laughing matter because you may experience a more rapid decline in memory and decision-making.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has publicly stated that they limit daily drinks to two drinks for men and one drink for women, so how does that fit in with the brain contraction study? This is not the case. So who do you believe?

Far from a perfect study

To be fair, there were some limitations to the study and it might prove “causality” as science calls it, but the researchers stand by their findings.

the idea that moderate consumption promotes health no longer seems defensible. For just about any level of consumption, a reduction is likely to have beneficial health effects.

That’s all for now…until the next study shows something else and goes against this one! It’s the weekend, drink responsibly – whatever that means today.

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