Alcohol's Health Benefits Have Been Grossly Overestimated

Life & Love | Gerren Keith Gaynor | 02/12/2015 | 02:15 PM EST

The old saying 'bottoms up; may have to be reconsidered for all you lushes out there

The old saying “bottoms up” may have to be reconsidered for all you lushes out there. Turns out alcohol may not bring forth as many health benefits as previously believed.


Though past studies have indicated that red wine, for example, is good for the heart, among other things, new research has discovered that such studies were grossly overestimated due to a flaw in methodology, reveals the New York Daily News.


In previous studies researchers reportedly lumped non-drinkers and ex-drinkers together. The problem is that quitters often stop drinking because alcohol makes them sick, which would result in poor health statistics. Those stats, researchers say, lowered the figures for the whole pool of non-drinkers, leaving them to believe that those who do drink are more healthy than those who do not.


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Quality of health and what contributes to that, as we know, is often deemed relative.


Truth is a daily sip of alcohol content only really improves health for women over 65. The gains, however, are so small that they are practically irrelevant.


The author of this new revealing study, Dr. Craig Knott, tells the Daily News that when considering the so-called benefits of alcohol one must always weigh that with the reality that it’s also associated with cancer, liver disease and other illnesses.


But don’t go clearing out your wine cellar just yet, ladies. Some cardiologists still stress the fact that alcohol has biological benefits and cannot be totally dismissed. In fact, alcohol raises our body’s good cholesterol, has disease-fighting antioxidants and could also prevent blood clots. Not to mention it simply brings out the good in people--most people that is.


“In my experience, those who socially drink as part of a healthy lifestyle seem to do better than people who don’t, or who overdrink,” said Franklin Hospital cardiologist Dr. David Friedman.


So there you have it. Maybe alcohol isn’t as healthy as previously claimed, but it sure is a great excuse to drink up.

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