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Even Moderate Alcohol is a Dangerous Habit

Even Moderate Alcohol is a Dangerous Habit
March 07
12:44 2017

(HealthRev) – What booze WON’T do for you

You can fill a glass, raise it high, and make to toast to friends… to family… or to a big achievement.

But don’t waste your time toasting “to your health.”

There’s no such thing!

New research confirms just what you’ve read here in House Calls: All those studies that claim drinking has health benefits are 100 percent bunk.

And that’s especially true for older folks.

The study looked at the drinking habits of nearly 3,000 seniors in New Zealand and initially found exactly the kinds of results you’ve no doubt read about in the media.

It found that regular, moderate drinkers are healthier and have a lower risk of chronic disease.

And if they had just stopped right there, they no doubt could have published a study that would’ve gotten plenty of free press — and maybe even earned them a big, fat “research” grant from the booze lobby, along with a few rounds of free drinks.

But they didn’t stop there.

They must’ve smelled something funny in the numbers, so they went looking through the data to see what they could find.

They uncovered what just about EVERY other study on booze and its supposed health benefits would have found if only the researchers had looked: The benefits weren’t from the booze at all.

Just as I’ve shared with you here in House Calls, regular moderate drinkers tend to be wealthier — who else can afford to drink nearly every night? — and wealthier people are better at taking care of their health.

It’s unfair, but it’s true: They can afford better care, and they take advantage of that.

Once the researchers removed socioeconomic class from the formula and adjusted the numbers, the supposed “benefits” of booze vanished faster than beer at a frat party.

They found ZERO benefit to moderate drinking in men, and only a very small one in women.

Along with not making you healthier, drinking — even moderate drinking — comes with its own share of very real risks, including the potential for heart problems and cancer, especially in older women.

So, here’s the bottom line when it comes to bottom’s up: The safest option, of course, is to not drink at all. But if you really want some booze from time to time and you’re healthy enough to have it, I won’t stand in your way.

Fill your glass, raise it high, and enjoy every sip.

But never drink to excess, and don’t make a habit out of it. Limit yourself to special occasions such as celebrations and holidays to minimize the risks.

 

Alcohol even in moderation is a dangerous habit

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