Category: Health

Moderate drinkers tend to have better health and live longer than those who are either abstainers or heavy drinkers. In addition to having fewer heart attacks and strokes, moderate consumers of alcoholic beverages (beer, wine and distilled spirits or liquor) are generally less likely to suffer strokes, diabetes, arthritis, enlarged prostate, dementia (including Alzheimer’s disease), and several major cancers.

Most Heavy Drinkers Consume Less over Time: Learn Why Some Don’t

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Many people believe that heavy or problem drinking1 leads to alcoholism or alcohol dependence.2  Researchers tested this idea. They found that most heavy drinkers consume less alcohol over time. First, researchers identified problem drinkers through random-digit-dial telephone screening northern California. Then they made in-person interviews with 672 people. The mean age of the sample was 35 …

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Alcohol and Traumatic Injury Deaths: Discover More!

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Drinking alcohol and traumatic injury deaths. Does alcohol improve survival? Evidence strongly suggests that alcohol reduces death from traumatic injury. The reason may be that alcohol reduces damaging inflamation. Most research finds that a positive blood alcohol concentration (BAC) helps patients survive traumatic injury. And this is true for both traumatic brain injury patients and …

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Handbook for Responsible Alcohol Consumption (Very Useful!)

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Clear Thinking When Drinking. The Handbook for Responsible Alcohol Consumption is a practical, no-nonsense, user-friendly guide to drinking in moderation. People in our society are constantly bombarded with conflicting beliefs about alcoholic beverages: *Alcohol is a poison. *It’s the key to good health. *Alcohol is a drug and ensnares its victims. *It’s a harmless social …

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Prevent Alcohol Poisoning Deaths (Here’s How to Do It!)

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About a half-dozen young people die every year in the U.S. of alcohol poisoning, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). These tragic deaths are completely preventable. You can help prevent alcohol poisoning. Following the alcohol poisoning death of Samantha Spady, her parents established the SAM Spady Foundation. It’s to educate …

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What is Moderate Drinking or Alcohol Consumption?

What is moderate drinking? It depends on whom you ask. The U.S. government defines moderte drinking as consuming no more than two standard drinks a day for men and one for women. And even that has changed. Until recently, the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism’s definition permitted men to drink up to four …

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Food Poisoning and Alcohol Drinking: Discover Important Facts!

Food poisoning and alcohol are connected. “Alcohol with a meal can lower the risk of food poisoning” reported the New York Times.1 The evidence is that drinking alcoholic beverages with meals can either prevent food poisoning or reduce its effects. Food poisoning appears to be much more common than most people realize. That’s because they …

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It’s Better to Drink in Moderation Than to Abstain from Alcohol

Many groups equate alcohol with illegal drugs. However, this may actually be counter-productive and reinforce destructive drinking patterns. Here, Profs. David J. Hanson and Ruth C. Engs point out that it’s better to drink in moderation than to abstain. (Of course, this doesn’t apply to those with a good reason not to drink.)   The …

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Alcohol in Health Promotion (Dr. Eric Rimm of Harvard)

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Dr. Eric Rimm is Professor of Epidemiology and Nutrition at the Harvard School of Public Health. In this interview he describes the role of drinking alcohol in health promotion. David Hanson interviews Dr. Rimm.  Hanson– Dr. Rimm, you’ve researched the impact of alcohol on health for about a quarter century. Could you explain why moderate drinkers …

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