2 Alcohol Health Benefit Myths Busted!

glass of red wine on carpet

The evidence about the possible health benefits of alcohol has always been uncertain .
Photo by Grant Cochrane

According to popular belief moderate alcohol consumption may provide the following health benefits:

  1. Reduce the risk of developing and succumbing to heart disease
  2. Possibly reduce the risk of ischemic stroke

The evidence about the possible health benefits of alcohol has always been uncertain and alcohol may not benefit everyone who drinks it.

A study by the University of Pennsylvania School Of Medicine that included 155 investigators from the UK, continental Europe, North America, and Australia calls into question previous studies which suggest that consuming light-to-moderate amounts of alcohol (0.6-0.8 fluid ounces/day) may have a protective effect on cardiovascular health.

This new research reviewed past evidence from over 50 studies that linked drinking habits and cardiovascular health for more than 260,000 people.

The investigators issued the following statement:

“These new results are critically important to our understanding of how alcohol affects heart disease. Contrary to what earlier reports have shown, it now appears that any exposure to alcohol has a negative impact upon heart health,” – co-lead author Michael Holmes, MD, PhD

Heart Attack victim

Even light exposure to alcohol has negative impact to your heart.
Photo by Nutdanai A

Another study conducted by Harvard Medical School and Cardiovascular Epidemiology Research Unit among others puts into doubt the claims that moderate alcohol consumption reduces the risk of ischemic stroke.

The researchers who tested more than 300 individuals issued the following statement:

“In conclusion, we found that the risk of ischemic stroke was transiently elevated for 2 hours after drinking as little as 1 serving of alcohol.” So in reality, moderate alcohol consumption increased the risk of ischemic stroke.

 

Source:

http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2014-07/uops-nss071014.php

http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-living/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/in-depth/alcohol/art-20044551

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20634479

4 thoughts on “2 Alcohol Health Benefit Myths Busted!

      • I’ve read that alcohol is always toxic to the liver, but the benefits of red wine — the resveretrol from grapes — outweigh the harm if you drink no more than 4 oz (for women) or 6 oz (for men). Is there a difference between how the body handles wine and hard liquor

        • You should take all these studies with a pinch of salt. There is quite often one research study contradicting the other. In all honesty I couldn’t give you a proper answer to your question because I do not drink and therefore haven’t had a reason to go deep in to the matter.

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