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Rethinking the health benefits of alcohol

We all know about the health benefits of consuming a little red wine each day.

Victoria and I have had a glass of red with our evening meal for many, many years.  A few years ago, however, Victoria stopped drinking wine altogether, on the advice of her doctor.  A few months age I too stopped drinking alcoholic beverages …except occasionally.  It’s just not that enjoyable anymore.  And, now I’m aware of the many health risks.

Officially, the Feds (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services) take a neutral position on the health benefits of alcohol. “Drinking can be beneficial or harmful, depending on your age and health status, and, of course, how much you drink.”

Much of the “official” research on the supposed health benefits of alcohol has just been brought into question with a New York Times (March 17, 2018) investigative report.  The claim is that Scientists and National Institute of Health officials waged a concerted campaign to obtain funding from the alcohol industry for research that may enshrine alcohol as a part of a healthy diet.

“The most shocking detail in the story: The researchers behind the study reportedly persuaded alcohol industry executives to fund them by arguing the trial ‘represents a unique opportunity to show that moderate alcohol consumption is safe and lowers risk of common diseases’ — before they had even enrolled their first patient. “

I don’t know about you, but I’m feeling like I’ve been manipulated all these years into believing the health benefits of alcohol …and I resent it.  I’m glad my gut told me to stop drinking the glass of red each evening.
How do you feel about the health benefits of alcohol?  I’d love to know.  Thanks for your input.

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