Drinking alcohol in moderation is associated with better health and longer life than is either abstaining or abusing alcohol, according to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. Curious?
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The idea that alcoholics experience an uncontrollable “loss of control” after consuming any alcohol is an unsupported theory that can actually be counterproductive to maintaining sobriety.
Alcoholism is often called a progressive disease for which the only "treatment" is abstinence from alcohol. Although this belief is central to the 12 step program of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and most rehabs, the scientific evidence does not support the theory.
A substantial proportion of doctors rejects the disease theory of alcoholism according to numerous studies.
Nation-wide surveys over time indicate significant declines in heavy episodic drinking (“binge drinking”) among adolescents and young adults in the U.S., with the exception of Hispanics.
A 13 year study of middle-aged French adults found that drinking alcohol was associated with higher cognitive function later in life.
The major factor contributing to the health benefits of the Mediterranean diet is provided by the moderate consumption of alcohol (beer, wine and liquor), reports a recent analysis presented at the meeting of the European Association for Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation.
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- The alcohol contents of a regular beer, glass of dinner wine and shot of whiskey or other distilled spirit (80 proof) are all the same. This is alcohol equivalence.
- The U.S. government reports that moderate consumption of alcohol (beer, wine or distilled spirits) improves health and increases longevity.
- Parents have great influence over the choices their children make about alcohol now and in the future.
- Drinking alcohol by students in U.S. middle and high schools has declined to its lowest level in the 36 years that the federal government has surveyed the subject.
- Distilled spirits (whiskey, brandy, rum, tequila, gin, etc.) contain no carbohydrates, no fats of any kind, and no cholesterol. Get the nutrition facts.
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