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Most of us all like to drink, right?

Ivana Pelisek | Interrobang | | September 29th, 2008



Study after study people are still questioning whether or not alcohol consumption is actually beneficial to your health. Honestly, it is not a myth nor is it something that should be given a tremendous amount of thought or cause for concern, but really, use your common sense.

No one is suggesting you go binge drinking religiously on a daily basis, but like researchers suggest, “everything in moderation is quite alright.”

Let's take a peak at some of the ‘extensive studies' that have been performed on adults ranging in ages.

According to Health Canada, the majority of Canadians who drink alcohol do so in moderation. Moderate drinking, keep in mind, does not include having several drinks in one sitting during a regular week day evening. One to two drinks per night are entirely acceptable.

Research indicates that people, who drink in small quantities, are less likely to experience heart attacks, blood clots or any other ailments.

According to Canadian Living, red wine has additional disease fighting power, compared to either white or blush vine. This is because red wine has many healthy compounds, which are found in grape skins, and only red wine is fermented along with the skins.

Studies have even shown that alcohol can reduce blood clot formation.

Keep in mind though; this applies to people who drink in moderation, and not to those who choose to abuse alcohol.

One good question remains about whether or not a person should start drinking due to alcohol's benefits, or should they refrain completely?

Canadian Living advised that if person does not consume alcohol, due to religious beliefs or other reasons, a moderate consumption of alcohol does not have large enough benefits for starting. On the contrary if alcohol is consumed in a mass quantity, it too can have severe penalties.

For example, excess alcohol creates a greater risk of high blood pressure, obesity, stroke, breast cancer, suicide and accidents and more related uncertainties.

Health and Fitness magazine recommend that non-drinkers can implement other strategies for a healthy lifestyle, such as regular exercise, smoking cessation, and a healthier diet in order to gain protection against heart disease.

Canadian Living stated that if a person chooses to drink in excess, they are more susceptible to higher weight gain; but keep things in moderations, and drinking alcohol does not necessarily lead to weight gain.

A Mayo Clinic study of 8,236 men and women found that people who had one or two alcoholic drinks a day were about half as likely to be obese. The study concluded by stating,”Alcohol calories should not replace those normally coming from foods that supply your body with necessary vitamins, minerals and other essential nutrients.”

According to Health and Fitness, defining a drink as one 12-ounce beer, four-ounces of wine, 1.5-ounces of 80-proof liquor, or one-ounce of 100-proof liquor, the U.S. National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism has reported that the greatest health and longevity benefits result from consuming one to two drinks daily.

In other words, moderate drinkers live longer than both abstainers and over consumers.
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