Dieting and Drinking Alcoholic Beverages (cont.)
What About the Health Benefits?
The research on alcohol and wine offers drinkers a mixed bag of health benefits. People who limit alcohol have a lower risk of high blood pressure, stroke, and bone loss, (women also having a lower risk of breast cancer). But moderate drinking helps lower the risk of heart disease and diabetes.
So, while alcohol, particularly red wine, has been shown to have some protective effects for some cancers and heart disease, these studies were applied to moderate amounts of alcohol. And many health benefits are nullified once obesity enters the picture.
Following are some of the pros and cons to alcohol and health:
Alcohol's Health Pros
Alcohol's Health Cons
Limiting the amount you drink to less than one serving a day for women (a drink is a can of beer, a glass of wine, or a shot of hard liquor) can help reduce your breast and colon cancer risks and possibly other cancers as well. Eating your daily-recommended intake of folate seems to be vital for women at higher risk of developing breast cancer due to imbibing in alcohol -- even one drink a day.
Originally published June 6, 2003.
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