There’s been a plethora of “beer is good for you” articles coming out of the press lately. And here’s another one.
Good quote from the article:
“The conventional wisdom is that heavy drinking is bad — there’s no disputing this. It raises blood pressure,” which can damage the heart muscle, Gaziano said. “But our study suggests that for men — and probably women — light to moderate drinking not only is not a problem, but it actually does significant good.”
“The key distinction that Finkel and other doctors and scientists make about drinking is the definition of “moderation.” They are strongly against drinking to get drunk, or drinking and driving. They suggest people eat while they drink to mitigate against drunkenness. But they believe that most people who can handle their liquor would do themselves a favor by sipping wine or beer every day.”
“Finkel said it’s still harder than it should be to convince Puritanical Americans that drinking might be healthy. There are people, Finkel said, ‘who can’t accept the idea that even one drop of alcohol could possibly be good for you.'” (And those people need to be smacked!)
They go on to point out that moderate drinking wards off heart disease, lung disease, type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis, dementia, and obesity.
The full article can be found here: