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Alcohol: a heart disease-cancer balancing act

February 15, 2013

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Howard E. LeWine, MD, Chief Medical Editor, Harvard Health Publishing

Howard LeWine, M.D., is a practicing internist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, Chief Medical Editor at Harvard Health Publishing, and editor in chief of Harvard Men’s Health Watch. See Full Bio
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Disease Info
April 11, 2013

In my country, alcohol is used as a material for traditional medicine, of course with the allowable dose. if it overdose, it will be dangerous for our bodies.


March 31, 2013

Actually alcohol of any amount was found to increase heart problems, the only beneficial effect of alcohol is the anti clotting which can be done through the reduction of homocysteine, lecithin, magnesium and EDTA (as anticlotting), or even aspirin to prevent clotting. The heart is always damage from any amount of alcohol, I did computer scans of over 400 people and found that it does not help heart health, the one thing we need to pay attention was clotting and inflammation. The survival of patient taking aspirin is actually superior then alcohol, and the one thing that helps the heart is magnesium from overcontraction, which causes heart attack. When the person is not deficient from water soluble vitamins and magnesium the first things that recover is the circulatory system, which result in improve heart by way of improved circulation.


March 16, 2013

Drinking more than the daily unit guidelines regularly and over a long period of time can increase your risk of developing heart disease.

February 21, 2013

Moderate drinking increases not just cancer risk, but also dementia risk.

February 21, 2013

Drinking may increase the risk of breast cancer, but it’s not the cause. The cause is wearing bras. Constant constriction suffocates the cells and promotes malignant mutations.

womens health
February 20, 2013

Very helpful information. i should come back to see what new in future in here.

Patio Heater
February 18, 2013

Alcohol as medicine is good but taking it in excess is injurious to health.

Olumide Oluwasegun
February 17, 2013

Well, alcohol has always been controversial in its usage among many people. While some will argue that alcohol is good for the body, others will argue otherwise. The most important thing is knowing when to be moderate in taking it or removing it outright from your diet.

February 15, 2013

Was this study based on the health effects of “pure” alcohol? Or were different alcoholic beverages tested? I have not read the article and, admittedly, not being a physician or medical researcher I may not be qualified to question its methodology. Not all fermentation is created equal. Beers, liqueurs, and wines vary greatly in their end-user content forms and could influence health wildly in either direction. Specifically, the bioflavinoids and anti-oxidants in red wines have been credited with positive influences on both heart health and cancer prevention.

P.J. Skerrett
February 15, 2013

Nathan —

Good question. the researchers looked at alcohol intake in general. The databases didn’t break it down by beverage type.

February 15, 2013

Drinking may increase the risk of breast cancer, but it’s not the cause. The cause is wearing bras. Constant constriction suffocates the cells and promotes malignant mutations.

Skeptical? Then read this article:

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