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Is red wine actually good for your heart?
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I am very happy to read your research. It is more informative and useful for wine lover
This blog does not reflect expert opinion and is not evidence-based.
99% of alcohol researchers have concluded that the epidemiological evidence for alcohol’s benefits on heart disease shows a very strong causal connection.
Furthermore, clinical trials (where alcohol has been tested like a pharmaceutical drug) have shown objective evidence of alcohol’s beneficial effects on the blood markers of heart disease.-
Tony Edwards; author “The Alcohol Paradox”
My father, in southern France, Toulouse area, was drinking at least two glasses per meal. He lived until 97 years old. That is a fact…
Apart from the fact that every so often a new study disproves the previous one, as stated by another commentator, physical constitution, eating habits (drinking with meals), exercise/active life style, and genetics WILL ALWAYS play a role.
This discussion brings to mind an article which the Boston Globe ran many years ago. The title was something like, “Medical Studies Often Contradict Themselves, So Says the Last Study.” The article may be available for review in the Globe archives. As for the present blog, it does not, as I read it, report a study. It simply concludes , “it’s impossible to know.” I’m waiting for the next study.
Where did the “definition” of moderate drinking come from? The 1 per day for women and 2 per day for men, along with the 5-oz quantity, is spewed out on thousands of articles, websites, advice columns, etc. But I cannot find any research that backs this up. Did some committee just dream this up years ago and now everyone just adopts it, or is there a specific source of reliable scientific information? I would love to see any further information on this.
Yes, these figures were arrived at by a committee – the US Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee, which in 2015 recommended those intakes as part of “a healthy dietary pattern” i.e. moderate drinking can be good for your health.
Because the health benefits of alcohol are very rarely discussed in the mainstream media, I have collated the medical evidence in two books, enabling drinkers to make informed decisions about how much and what to drink for optimal health.
Think I consume more than 5oz each evening, but @ eighty It is probably too late to lament the fact. Heart seems fine. Will ask my physician about my liver next exam! Thanks for the warning.
After reading this article, tha conclusion seems to include, on the other hand, it might not be a myth. It’s absurd to sharply caution older men to drink only one glass of wine a day. What exactly are the risks of drinking one and a half glasses a day? Two glasses? Drinking that many but drinking none one or two days a week? I doubt that men living in Mediterranean Europe so limit themselves and that their longevity is shorter than that of American men.
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