Well, well... I just read an article that says that moderate drinking of ANY type of alcohol may help the heart -- actually reduce the risk of heart attacks! When I read that, I nearly had a heart attack! :-) They aren't telling people who don't drink to start drinking. No, they wouldn't do that--probably because drinking causes other problems. However, if you use your common sense, if you don't drink TOO much, and if you don't drink and drive, then there MAY be some benefits to light to moderate drinking. For example, according to some studies, light drinking helps the heart, and moderate drinking helps just as much as (but not more than) light drinking. So, more is not better. You could say that moderate drinking isn't any worse than light drinking (healthwise) -- just more expensive. However, once the line is crossed from moderation to excess, all health benefits are eliminated and more health risks are introduced. So take care.
Until next time...
Key Words and Phrases
light drinking -- three or fewer drinks per week
moderate drinking -- four to seven drinks per week for women; four to fourteen drinks per week for men
reduce -- make smaller
risk -- chance
common sense -- knowledge that everyone should have
benefits -- something good for you
study (studies) -- scientific research
healthwise (colloquial) -- regarding health
moderation -- not a little but not too much
excess -- too much
eliminated -- erased