Category: Alcohol

“If You Can’t Say Something Bad About Alcohol, Don’t Say Anything!”

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Government has long promoted the belief that alcohol, even in moderation, is harmful. It has also censored evidence to the contrary. The attitude seems to be simple. That is, “If you can’t say something bad about alcohol, don’t say anything.” Pressure from anti-alcohol groups has supported this view. It still does. Such groups include the …

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Anti-Alcohol Bureaucrats Suppress Important Health Information

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This piece argues that anti-alcohol bureaucrats suppress positive facts about drinking in moderation. Richard Lessner is the author. He has served as editorial page editor of The Union Leader and New Hampshire Sunday News. Yet another scientific report details the health benefits of moderate alcohol consumption. That’s right, the benefits of moderate drinking. But don’t expect …

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Benefits of Drinking Outweigh Harm from Abuse: Live Longer

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) conduct research. It shows that the benefits of drinking outweigh harm from abusive drinking. The NIAAA calculates that if all drinkers in the U.S. became abstainers, there would be an additional 80,000 deaths per year. Abstaining greatly …

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Drinking Alcohol Kills Brain Cells? What Does Science Say?

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The idea that alcohol kills brain cells is an old one. The early temperance writers made this claim. They also insisted that the alcohol in their blood could cause “drunkards” to catch fire and burn alive.1 This combustion argument against drinking was dropped long ago. However, many anti-alcohol writers continue to promote the idea that even …

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Alcohol & Carbs (Five Myths about Alcohol & Carbohydrates)

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The subject of alcohol and carbs is usually presented by the media in a misleading or incorrect manner. That’s according to the author of The Low Carb Bartender: Carb Counts of Beer, Wine, Mixed Drinks and More. Author Bob Skilnik says that descriptions of alcohol and its effects on blood sugar is usually wrong. The …

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Doctors Recommend Drinking Alcohol to Patients for Health?

Should doctors recommend drinking alcohol to their patients to improve their health and longevity? Moderate drinking is associated with better health and longer life than is either abstaining or abusing alcohol. That’s the consensus of medical researchers based on overwhelming scientific evidence. In fact, abstaining from alcohol is a risk factor for poor health and …

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Kudzu and Alcohol: Is It Effective or Is It Dangerous?

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Kudzu and alcohol have a long tradition together. In fact, traditional Chinese medicine has used the plant for over 2,500 years. Kudzu is an invasive vine that flourishes in many southern states. It was introduced into the US from Asia decades ago to reduce soil erosion During a trip to China, chemist Dr. David Lee …

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Alcohol in Cough Syrup and other Over-the-Counter Medicines

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People are often surprised at the level of alcohol in cough syrup or other over-the-counter medicines. You might also like to visit Foods that Contain Alcohol. Alcohol is often a major component of cough syrup and other medications. To the right is an alphabetical list of many medicines with a high alcohol content. Medication % …

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Are Moderate Drinking Findings True or Bought by Industry?

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A reader reasonably asks are moderate drinking findings true? She questions whether research on the health benefits of moderate drinking is funded by the alcohol industry. Question Hello Dr. Hanson, I am amazed to see so much overwhelming evidence that supports MODERATE alcohol consumption. I have grown up in a religious atmosphere that emphasized absolute …

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Alcohol Abstaining is Dangerous to Health and Longevity

Dr. Stanton Peele points out a simple fact. It’s that alcohol abstaining is dangerous to health and longevity. Abstainers tend to have poorer health than moderate drinkers. They also tend to die sooner. In fact, teetotaling is a risk factor for poor health and earlier death. Perhaps, he suggests, health agencies should warn the public …

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