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Health in a Bottle: The Health Benefits of Alcohol

4 Comments 23 November 2011

Moderate drinkers tend to have better health and live longer than those who are either abstainers or heavy drinkers. They are generally less likely to suffer heart attacks, strokes, diabetes, arthritis, enlarged prostate, dementia (including Alzheimer’s disease), and several major cancers.

The Health Benefits of Alcohol

Moderate drinkers tend to:

  • Enjoy better overall health
  • More resistant of the common cold virus
  • Live longer
  • Have fewer heart attacks
  • Have fewer strokes
  • Reduce risk of diabetes
  • Lower risk of arthritis
  • Increase bone density and reduce risk of Osteoporosis
  • Reduced risk of prostate disease
  • Lower risk of Gallstones and Gallbladder Disease
  • Lower risk of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementia
  • Less risk of several major cancers:
    • Kidney Cancer
    • Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma
    • Hodgkin’s Lymphoma
    • Thyroid Cancer

References to the studies

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Your Comments

4 Comments so far

  1. Michael says:

    So what would you classify as moderate alcohol consumption vs. heavy drinking? It’s obvious that abstaining is not drinking at all but what range would you say counts as moderate because obviously above that could be considered heavy. Just curious that’s all so I know how much of an alcoholic it is healthy for me to be haha.

  2. David Voth says:

    There is agreement in the scientific community about what defines “moderate drinking.” It’s no more than 3-4 standard drinks per drinking episode. Also, moderate drinking means limiting how fast you drink and, as a result, keeping your blood alcohol concentration (BAC) below .055

    A standard drink is equal to
    • a 12 oz (355 ml.) beer with 5% alcohol (average for most U.S. beers).
    • A 5 oz. (150 ml.) glass of wine (12.5% alcohol).
    • 1.5 oz. (45 ml.) of 80 proof liquor (40% alcohol).

  3. Michael says:

    So would you say about maybe like two or maybe three drinks an hour?

  4. David Voth says:

    Ha Ha… I don’t think that’s what they had in mind when they agree on the definition of moderate drinking. But what the hell. Enjoy yourself. Cheers.

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