Drink For Your Health


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Could Penn State be onto something? Could college drinking really have positive health effects? This most likely is not true but I'm sure many of you have heard the old rumors that a glass of red wine is actually really good for your health for whatever reason. Well I was actually surprised at what I found while looking into this widely held belief.

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WebMD has a great article talking about the health benefits that come with moderate consumption of alcohol. It compares the French to the United States because many French people believe that they have healthier hearts due to their increased red wine consumption. Although this makes sense, there are many dietary differences between the United States and France that could account for these health discrepancies. There have been recent discoveries though in favor of healthy alcohol drinking.

Arthur Agatston, MD, and creator of the popular south beach diet say that alcohol can actually cause you to eat less. Drinking alcohol (moderately) can increase your appetite so it is good to drink with a meal. The alcohol then increases the amount of time it takes your stomach to empty thus causing you to become full faster. Any alcohol can have this effect. So a glass of wine or a beer with dinner can actually cause you to consume fewer calories and help you lose weight.

Research has been done on testing the brainpower of 12,000 women age 70-81, comparing women who drink and women who do not. Researchers found with only one drink a day the brainpower of these women was boosted greatly. They found that the women who drank at least one drink a day had 23% less mental decline! Moderate alcohol consumption can actually increase your brainpower. Remember that they next time your studying for a big test!

Other benefits included a reduction of cholesterol. Ethanol, the alcohol within wine, beer, and spirits, can actually increase HDL within drinkers. HDL is good cholesterol necessary for combating heart disease. Individuals with a consistent healthy diet had a 20% increase in HDL if they had small amounts of alcohol at some point during the day.

While all these benefits are great we need to remember that they come when drinking in moderation. Dietary guidelines suggest one drink a day for women and two drinks a day for males. Remember that one drink constitutes 12 oz. of beer, 5 oz. of wine, or 1.5oz of 80 proof liquor. Remember that the drinks should be consumed with a meal for them to work effectively and safely. Also, you should never start drinking if you don't already.

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So maybe college students who bing drink every weekend are not onto some big health breakthrough. However, drinking alcohol responsibly and in moderation can have great effects on your health overall. So raise your glass to get a little slimmer, increase your brainpower, and decrease your cholesterol!

 Clinic-Feature, Kathleen M. Zelman, MPH, RD, LDWebMD Weight Loss. "Wine: How Much Is Good for You?" WebMD. WebMD, n.d. Web. 07 Dec. 2012.

http://www.webmd.com/food-recipes/features/wine-how-much-is-good-for-you?page=2

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Really interesting blog post, as I never thought that a study like this would be conducted. The effects of alcohol on brainpower for women 70-81? Just seemed like an odd group to test, but the results were interesting, so I did some research and found that drinking alcohol in moderation among elderly women also helped with osteoporosis. In this article: http://www.webmd.com/osteoporosis/news/20120711/moderate-drinking-may-help-older-womens-bones
the results show that drinking a serving of alcohol a day helps slow the process of bone loss, helping against osteoporosis. Do you think that there are any other potential health benefits from alcohol? What about from other types of drugs?

I have heard that drinking a glass of wine a day could be good for you. Thanks to your article I now know that it is true! I find it completely fascinating that there is a 23% mental decline in women from 70-81 who had consumed reasonable amount of alcohol. Although moderate consumption is good, abusing alcohol is very dangerous and can be life threatening.

Many people take this limit to extremes and it causes them to have serious consequences. One does not need to get drunk every weekend or every day to accomplish these goals. People need to think and act more responsibly with what they consume in their bodies. I'm not sure if I believe that alcohol increases brainpower I actually believe it does more harm than good, whether you over drink or not. Yes, alcohol can make the brain more alert but it's not effective and doesn't necessarily give you the smarts. In
this article it discusses how alcohol effects brain cells and other health issues with the brain.

I completely agree with this article. As you so delicately put in the first paragraph of your article, red wine is good for your health - reason being it has antioxidants. Antioxidants as I am sure everyone knows are like a traveling police force that roam throughout the body's bloodstream attacking and fighting off harmful cells. Everyone in my family has a college degree and then some. My sister just graduated law school, my mom graduated Penn State and went on to gain a Master's and my father who also went to Penn State pursued a JDMBA. The funny thing, they all tend to kick back at dinner and enjoy ethyl alcohol. I too am known to slug back a few drinks while enjoying a nice meal. Everyone in my family seems sharp as a tack, and no one has any health problems.

Do I contribute this to everyone drinking at dinner- no. Do I hope it helps them down the road in their later years in life - yes.

What is the difference between white and red wine?

How about when you add champagne to the mix?

Is red better than white for you?

Would we all be better off just drinking grape juice, I hear that has antioxidants too?

Many people take this limit to extremes and it causes them to have serious consequences. One does not need to get drunk every weekend or every day to accomplish these goals. People need to think and act more responsibly with what they consume in their bodies. I'm not sure if I believe that alcohol increases brainpower I actually believe it does more harm than good, whether you over drink or not. Yes, alcohol can make the brain more alert but it's not effective and doesn't necessarily give you the smarts. In
this article it discusses how alcohol effects brain cells and other health issues with the brain.

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