Alcohol in Moderation – Good or not?

Alcohol in Moderation – Good or not?

Or is it a myth?

With so many of us under stress right now, some people are turning to alcohol to help them cope.

Is it true that alcohol in moderation can be good for you? Or is that a myth?

When it comes to your health, there are some things you need to know about alcohol.

Get the whole story in this article from the Food Revolution Network.

The history of humans consuming alcoholic beverages is quite possibly 100,000 years long and spans across almost every culture on Earth. In terms of popularity, alcohol beats out nicotine, caffeine, and the betel nut (the seed of the areca palm, which contains a compound similar to nicotine) as the most widely consumed human psychoactive (mind-affecting) agent around the world.

Why do people consume alcohol?

There are many reasons. Some people love (or have acquired a
love for) the taste. There are familial, religious, and cultural traditions
bound up with alcohol consumption. Many drinks are considered fun and festive.
Some people also drink alcohol for pain relief, both physical and emotional, or
to help them get to sleep along with many other reasons.

Alcohol affects people differently and the effect on the
individual depends directly on two things: the amount of alcohol consumed, and
the person’s genetic ability to convert acetaldehyde into acetic acid. 

Alcohol and your immune system

While some people jokingly suggest taking a shot of vodka to
wipe out cold and flu germs, and while rubbing alcohol makes an excellent
disinfectant, regular alcohol consumption is no friend to your immune
system. 

Any benefits?

With all the potential risks of drinking alcohol, are there
any potential benefits to enjoying it occasionally? Grapes and red wine have
shown some purported health benefits.

In moderation alcohol may decrease your risk for heart
disease and type 2 diabetes.

Moderate consumption may have beneficial effects — actually
lowering the risk for dementia among older adults.

Check
out the complete article in Food Revolution Network for the pros and cons of
drinking alcohol
.

 

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