There is a lot of speculation about the health effects of alcohol, and whether or not a drink a day is in fact good for your health. Many say that an occasional glass of wine may be good for the heart. Well, there are many effects of alcohol, and some are good, but some are bad.
A glass of wine is actually good for your heart, but that doesn’t have much to do with the alcohol in it. The fact that wine is heart healthy has more to do with the fruit it comes from than the alcohol that is added to it in its later stages. In reality, drinking a glass of grape juice will do you just as much good as a glass of wine, minus the effects that alcohol has. Which could result in a significantly less enjoyable time.
But as for the effects of alcohol itself, there is some bad news. Alcohol consumption has been found to directly increase estrogen in women. While this is a negligible increase in estrogen to the holiday drinker, a woman who consumes a drink a day may find herself with an increased chance of having breast cancer. So the moral of the story is, keep the drinking to a minimum ladies unless you want to find yourself with a bigger problem than sobriety. Another problem with alcoholic beverages is that they contain calories, the bane of the American citizen.
But there is good news, and the estrogen coin is double sided. Alcohol has also been found to increase bone strength in those who drink in moderation. And the increase in estrogen could actually be a positive in postmenopausal women. Alcohol actually has a very long list of healthy traits associated with it. While most of these claims go mostly unbacked by any kind of study or scientific fact, for the benefit of the moderate drinker’s confidence, I’ll list a few that I’ve found. Apparently alcohol reduces the risk of heart attack as well as all cardiovascular disease, it can also prevent diabetes, arthritis, Alzheimer’s, osteoporosis, high blood pressure, the common cold, Parkinson’s, poor memory, hepatitis, erectile dysfunction and many other seemingly unrelated conditions.
While I wouldn’t rely on many of these health benefits, the fact remains that moderate alcohol consumption can be a part of a healthy lifestyle. So if you have a drink every once in a while then don’t worry, you’ll be fine. And one effect that is certainly real is the relief of stress which really can lead to better health. And hey, if even half of these health benefits are true then alcohol is truly a miracle drink.