Small Doses Of Alcohol Reduce The Risk Of Heart Disease – Part 3 of 3
Not surprisingly, women who drank regularly (though still ordinary amounts) were more likely to have “successful survival” than binge drinkers or even people who only drank now and then, the study found. “If you like a glass of wine every night with your dinner when you’re in your 40s, that might be associated with being healthier at 70, not just alert but truly healthier”.
But talking to patients about alcohol can be tricky, doctors acknowledged. “If someone is already drinking a modest amount of alcohol – one pane a day for women and up to two a day for men – I don’t discourage them or talk them out of drinking because it seems like there may be some benefit and little harm at those doses,” said Dr Erin D Michos, subsidiary professor of medicine in the division of cardiology at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.
So “For those who don’t drink I don’t encourage them to take up alcohol”. Added Dr Russell V Luepker, Mayo professor of epidemiology and community form at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health and a spokesman for the American Heart Association: “American Heart Association conduct is not to encourage drinking. No one has ever found that high alcohol intake is good for you”. Both Michos and Luepker also spoke at the Sunday news conference.