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Alcohol May Protect The Heart – But Don’t Get Carried Away

February 25, 2011 by  

Alcohol may protect the heart but don't get carried awayResearchers from the University of Calgary have recently published a paper in the British Medical Journal which supports previous advice that drinking alcoholic beverages in moderation may be good for heart health.

After reviewing earlier studies, the team of scientists concluded that having one drink per day may lead to a 14 percent to 25 percent reduced risk of cardiovascular disease, since moderate alcohol consumption has been shown to increase levels of healthy HDL cholesterol in the blood.

However, authors of the study want to remind the public that the findings do not suggest that heavy drinking is healthy in any way.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported that an estimated 37,500 people die each year from alcohol-related causes, excluding accidents and homicides.

Study authors said that there was no indication that one type of alcohol — whether beer, wine or liquor — had additional benefits over the others.

They also noted that there is a need for public health campaigns which specifically communicate that the health benefits of alcohol are completely outweighed when drinking becomes excessive. The CDC defines binge drinking as consuming more than five drinks in a two-hour period for men, and four drinks in the same time for women.  

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  • Polski

    This is old. It has been known for quite some time. This new study group must have been desperate for some grant money while they’re trying to figure out how to survive financially for the long term.

    • Bob

      I’ll drink to that.

  • June Russell

    Media health reports are often deceptive, inaccurate or biased, and individuals cannot make responsible choices about their health – or advising others – if not given the facts. Politics, monetary gain, and the need for sensationalism often influence what is reported. There are times when the announced outcome of a particular study is not even the same conclusion as the researcher/s. Omitting the dangers can make a study appear to be a positive one, and a single study is often presented as an absolute, with no mention of the other available studies showing different outcomes. Drug companies are required to submit only 2 positive drug studies for the FDA to consider acceptance, with no mention to the public about any other studies that may have shown risks. Do your own research, educate yourself so you can make healthier choices.
    Alcoholic beverages are now classified by our government as a class “A” human carcinogen, along with arsenic, asbestos, tobacco, etc., and the presence of alcohol hastens the breakdown of antioxidants in the blood, speeding their elimination from the body. Antioxidants, such as resveratrol, possibly have benefits, but that does not translate into wine being healthy. The “American Institute for Cancer Research” tells us that alcohol is a tumor-promoter and that cancer risk may be increased by drinking ‘any’ amount of alcohol. There have been no clinical trials to prove that alcohol can be healthy, only by association/observation, which is how HRT (Hormone Replacement Therapy) was erroneously shown to be healthy for women.
    The ‘French Paradox’ was disproved many years ago by the World Health Organization (WHO), and other health organizations, because of faulty data. It should cause public concern that the true facts have not been reported in order to balance the “Wine Good for You” vs. “Wine Bad for You.” Health studies are often skewed, as in the studies about wine. Wine drinkers, as a group, have a healthier life style in general (not inclusive of the wine) and the ‘sick quitters’ are often counted in the non-drinkers. These many facts should cause the public to question any possible positive effect of alcohol. Evidence shows that alcohol use is dose related, smaller amounts do less damage but there is still harm from even smaller amounts. Studies suggest that smaller amounts of alcohol/wine may lessen the incidences of the ischemic stroke (the stroke that is most prevalent), but it increases the risk of having a hemorrhagic stroke, which does more damage. Using alcohol to relax? This is not true relaxation, it anesthetizes or drugs the drinker and inhibits his/her cognitive ability. It may seem to help with sleep but actually interferes with sleep. Alcohol also destroys an enzyme that is needed for contraction of the heart.
    Your health is your most prized possession, ask anyone who doesn’t have it. As the Pharmaceutical Companies are increasing their power and control, there will be more deceptions. They encourage the use of harmful drugs, while discouraging natural therapies, cures and prevention. We are told by the government that over half of the conventional drugs & therapies that are now used have not been sufficiently studied, resulting in hundreds of thousands of deaths and side effects.
    I am a retired health educator, journalist, writing for newspapers, and disseminating information to organizations/groups/individuals and other health websites, as well as periodically adding more to mine.

    *Do you realize that before the age of 6, our children get 49 doses of 14 vaccines before the age of 6 (National Vaccine Information Center). Many of these vaccines have traces or larger amounts of the following, depending on the specific vaccine (this is only a partial list): lab altered viruses and bacteria, aluminum, mercury, formaldehyde, phenoxyethanol, gluteraldehyde, sodium borate, sodium chloride, sodium acetate, monosodium glutamate (MSG), hydrchloric acid, hydrogen peroxide, lactose, gelatin, yeast protein, egg albumin, bovine and human serum albumin. Before you take the risk, find out what is in the vaccine.
    June Russell –

    • coal miner

      June Russell,

      You need to paste your website. If its alright with your permission I like to paste your website.

    • Bob Livingston

      Dear June Russell,

      While I agree with some of the points you make, it has been documented that WHO researchers behind the hype for the H1N1 flu vaccine profited from their ties to big pharmaceuticals manufacturing the vaccines, yet you cite them in your post. The WHO has an agenda, and it’s not promoting health.

      Best wishes,

  • coal miner

    Beer is an alcoholic drink.

    Beer is used for preventing diseases of the heart and circulatory system, including coronary heart disease, “hardening of the arteries” (atherosclerosis), heart failure, heart attack, and stroke. It is also used to reduce the chance of death from heart attack and from another heart condition called ischemic left ventricular (LV) dysfunction.

    Beer is also used for preventing decline of thinking skills in later life, Alzheimer’s disease, weak bones (osteoporosis), gallstones, type 2 diabetes, heart disease in people with type 2 diabetes, kidney stones, prostate cancer, breast cancer, other cancers, and Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) infection. H. pylori is the bacterium that causes ulcers.

    Some people use beer to stimulate the appetite and digestion, and to increase the flow of breast milk.

  • momof4

    Wow Coal miner,
    We finally agree on something!!!!!

  • s c

    Traditional hormone replace therapy [endorsed and blessed by the AMA/FDA herd] doesn’t work. This is true. However, if you dig a little deeper, you will see that identical hormone replacement does work.
    The AMA/FDA crowd LOVES to imply that ALL hormone replacement therapy is bunk. Recent research [not driven by money-mad charlatans] puts AMA/FDA logic in the same category as unscientific, money-driven BUNK.

  • http://n/a SAM

    What a bunch of Bull……….ALCOHOL IS POISON it Kills and Harm More People than any smoker does that a FACT…ALCOHOL IS FOR JUNKIES


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