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Wine is good for you, but in moderation
Thu Sep 27, 2007 11:23pm (XFF: unknown)

"The women studied who drank between one and two alcoholic drinks per day increased their risk of breast cancer by 10 per cent compared with people who consumed less than one drink each day, the study found. The risk of breast cancer increased by 30 per cent in women who drank more than three drinks a day."

About one in ten women will get breast cancer (less according to some articles and as many as one in nine in some others, but let's make it one in ten to make the math easy). So the general breast cancer risk is around 10%. A 10% increase in risk puts a woman drinking 1 to 2 drinks a day up to an 11% risk as that's a 10% increase in *risk*. A woman who has more than three drinks (that's not even three, mind you, but more than three) a day has a 13% risk. That's really not that big a difference in my book. All the same, I prefer to stick to 4 drinks per week and no more than two drinks on any given day as I feel that's probably a safe zone relatively speaking and safer than having *no* alcohol as (for some examples):

"Those who drank between 1 to 3 drinks per day had a 42% lower risk of developing dementia than the nondrinkers. Those who did not drink daily but had more than one drink per week day had a 25% lower risk of developing dementia than the nondrinkers. One final point, it did not seem to matter what people drank, (beer, wine or liquor), the effect was the same."

Being that more than 20% of people 85 to 89 years old and 30% of those over 90 years of age suffer from moderate or severe dementia (Bickel, Psycho 1996, 4-8), cutting one's risk by just 1/4 would take it down 5% for ages 85 to 89 and more than 7% for those 90+ (so has a bigger impact in a positive way than alcohol has in a negative way for breast cancer).

"In a study of nearly 88,000 men, Harvard researchers found reductions in coronary heart disease (CHD) risk with increasing intake of alcohol for both diabetics and non-diabetics. Weekly consumption of alcohol reduced CHD risk by one-third (33%) while daily consumption reduced the risk by over half (58%) among diabetics. For non-diabetics, weekly consumption reduced CHD risk by 18% while daily consumption reduced the risk by 39%."

Now for women...

"...risks were similar for drinking on one day a week (36% reduced risk), or seven days a week (35% reduced risk), suggesting that the amount of alcohol consumed is more important than drinking frequency among women."

One out of every *two* women die of coronary heart disease (where only one in ten women ever get breast cancer and the majority of those survive it; women who catch breast cancer in stage I have a 90% chance of surviving 5 years, for example). So reducing your coronary heart disease risk by better than a third means lowering your risk of death from CHD from 50% down to about 33%, which is far more important than bumping up your breast cancer risk (that is the risk of getting the cancer, not even DYING from it) by 3%, n'est pas?

Drinking *moderately* will:

* Reduce your risk of developing heart disease, peripheral vascular disease and intermittent claudication
* Reduce your risk of dying of a heart attack
* Possibly reduce your risk of strokes, particularly ischemic strokes
* Lower your risk of gallstones
* Possibly reduce your risk of diabetes

So I say wine is good for you, so long as you don't go overboard with it.

  • Maybe wine is NOT so good for youHanna, Thu Sep 27 2:57pm
    • Wine is good for you, but in moderation — GG, Thu Sep 27 11:23pm
      • WineHanna, Fri Sep 28 6:28am
        Good point. You have to take all of the studies with a grain of salt. Wine gives me headaches, unfortunately...
        • Are you drinking red or white?GG, Fri Sep 28 10:45am
          Red wine gives some people headaches, but I've not heard of white wine doing that, and while red wine is touted in some studies as being better than any other form of alcohol, many other studies say... more
          • BothHanna, Fri Sep 28 12:39pm
            I think it's the sulfites. I went to the liquor store to try and find a wine that has no sulfites and there weren't any. I also get a reaction where my ears get red and hot. Not pleasant!
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