SHOULD YOU DRINK TO YOUR HEART’S CONTENT?  Given all the research piling up about the benefits of moderate alcohol intake, that might not be such a bad idea.  Of course, “moderation” is the key work here.  As far as wine intake, “moderate” in the medical literature is equal to about 1/2 bottle per day.

Of course, the greatest benefit is going to come from red wine, but this particular study looked at overall alcohol consumption on the risk of heart disease on those older than 39 and found that, for the average 39-50 yr old male, the risk was cut by a whopping 42%.  Keep in mind that their risk is already somewhat low (although, with the population’s health declining rapidly, this will be changing) so 42% lower risk may not really translate into all that many less cases of heart disease.  But it does give one incentive to have a wonderful healthy meal in a relaxed setting accompanied by a glass of red wine…

James Bogash

For more than a decade, Dr. Bogash has stayed current with the medical literature as it relates to physiology, disease prevention and disease management. He uses his knowledge to educate patients, the community and cyberspace on the best way to avoid and / or manage chronic diseases using lifestyle and targeted supplementation.