You’re going to like this one today.
I’ve found studies that prove moderate drinking is actually good for you!
Yep, multiple studies show that alcohol reduces your risk for heart disease.
It also lowers your risk of ischemic strokes (the type that happens when a blood vessel gets blocked near the brain).
And alcohol even lowers your risk of diabetes, too.
Now, keep in mind that I said “moderate” drinking.
Going beyond two glasses of wine or beer erases all the benefits and immediately becomes damaging instead.
One drink equals 12 ounces of beer, five ounces of wine, or 1.5 ounces of distilled spirits like whiskey, vodka, rum, tequila, etc.
The other note is that this is moderate for someone 65 and younger.
If you’re over 65, moderate limits you to just one drink a day.
But if you keep your drinking in check, you’ll reap great rewards for your health.
In fact, a recent study from France showed that drinking wine offsets the negative effects of eating too much saturated fat!
While plenty of new research shows that saturated fat is healthier than unsaturated, there is such a thing as too much.
The jury is still out on how damaging high levels of saturated fat can be, but it’s still linked to heart disease.
Even so, the French still eat a diet high in saturated fats — but have a much lower rate of heart disease related deaths!
This study from France shows that the French habit of moderate daily drinking saves them from their diet.
The French drink wine daily, up to 30 grams per day, and they have a 40% lower chance of developing heart disease.
Researchers believe that the alcohol in the wine works against cholesterol buildup.
That, in turn, prevents the cholesterol from blocking arteries to the heart.
A study from Wales found that alcohol intake works against the accumulation of blood platelets.
And platelet buildup is another cause of coronary heart disease.
This effect also helps to keep arteries clear to prevent stroke.
Studies show that moderate alcohol consumption lowers the risk of ischemic stroke.
I have another study for you, the New England Journal of Medicine reported it.
The study proved that men who drank between 10g to 150g of alcohol each week had a much lower risk of having a stroke.
10g to 150g comes to one to two drinks per day.
They showed that moderate alcohol consumption lowered blood pressure and prevented ischemic stroke!
The table below illustrates the findings on risk for both ischemic and hemorrhagic stroke.
It compares non-drinkers, moderate drinkers, and heavy drinkers.
The white circles show the incidences of hemorrhagic stroke.
Black circles show the incidences of ischemic stroke.
You can see that the moderate drinkers had a markedly lower risk of ischemic stroke than the other two groups.
This Dutch study shows that a couple of drinks per day reduces the risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes.
But non-drinkers and heavy drinkers didn’t see any benefits at all.
To reap the health benefits of alcohol, you must be a moderate drinker.
No more. No less.
Heavy drinkers still have a significantly higher risk for many health issues, including coronary heart disease, ischemic stroke, and diabetes.
And non-drinkers have no protection from these issues either.
Light-to-Moderate Alcohol Consumption and the Risk of Stroke among U.S. Male Physicians
Does Alcohol Prevent or Cause Stroke?