DOUBLE-WHAMMY: Alcohol - What Can't it Do? Part TwoMarch 7, 2011 0 Comments
I find it interesting how similar topic news always seems to cluster around each other. Two separate alcohol studies released today showcase the health benefits of moderate alcohol consumption.
First, a summary review of thousands of previous studies found alcohol consumption indicated a 25% reduction in cardiovascular disease, 29% for coronary heart disease, 25% for coronary heart disease mortality rates and a 13% reduction in mortality overall.
"The public health messages should (and in many countries do) acknowledge the reduced risk of incidence and mortality of coronary heart disease associated with moderate drinking. However, we should not expect official recommendations of light drinking on a par with exercise, vegetables, and not smoking. The caveats would be too many, and official recommendations should be based on prospective, randomized studies. The role of alcohol drinking is best discussed in a scenario of a patient taking medical advice from his personal physician."
Second, newly published research in Germany indicates that moderate alcohol consumption lowers the risk of dementia after age 75, finding a 30% reduction in dementia and 40% less Alzheimer-related dementia.
And, of course, let's not forget how awesome alcohol is at creating superconductors.
A word of caution from this video: