Drinking Alcohol (Beer, Wine & Spirits) Good for Health and Longevity
Thirty years ago, the U.S. government tried to prevent the publication of important life-saving findings of the famous Framingham Study. This pioneering medical research study had followed thousands of people for 25 years and found that those who consumed one or two drinks of beer, wine or spirits (liquor) per day had significantly less heart disease and lived longer than did those who abstained.
The government's National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) suppressed the findings of its research "in the interest of public health," believing that the public should not learn the health benefits of drinking alcohol in moderation or people would not drink less or abstain. Years later, Congress forced the agency to fund research to examine the effects of drinking in moderation. Subsequent research evidence from around the world has vindicated this Congressional action.
Now "‘the science supporting the protective role of alcohol is indisputable; no one questions it any more,' says Dr. Curtis Ellison, professor of medicine and public health at Boston University School of Medicine. The initial doubts have been shot down. In fact, two drinks per day [are proven to be] more effective at preventing heart attacks than lowering your total cholesterol by 30 points or reducing your systolic blood pressure by 20 mm Hg."
Dr. Rick Morris has written that drinking one or two glasses of alcohol per day
"1. Raises the good cholesterol (HDL) even better then the statin drugs (such as Lipitor and Navicor) or running a few miles a day
2. Makes the blood move more freely, preventing clots which can lead to heart attacks and strokes
3. Probably prevents Alzheimer's Disease by preventing "ministrokes" (TIA's) which occur as we age
4. Decreases the chance of getting type II diabetes and probably helps if you already have the disease by increasing the sensitivity of insulin."
Standard drinks of alcohol are defined in the U.S. as
- A 12-ounce bottle or can of regular beer
- A 5-ounce glass of dinner wine
- A one and 1/2 ounce of 80 proof distilled spirits (either straight or in a mixed drink).
Of course, consuming is contraindicated for some persons. They are typically identified as alcoholics, pregnant women, those taking certain medications, and those who have been advised by their medical providers not to drink. In addition, no one should consume alcohol abusively.
- Morris, M.D., Rick. Who Will Alcohol Save And Who May It Kill? September 28, 2007. Available at articlesbase.com/health-articles/who-will-alcohol-save-and-who-may-it-kill-222913.html.
filed under: Longevity