Thursday, November 19, 2009

Cold Beers

Men who drink alcohol every day see a nearly one-third average reduction in the risk of coronary heart disease, according to a long-term study among Spanish men published in Heart, a British Medical Association journal on Thursday, November 19, 2009.

The research unfolded over a decade among more than 41,000 men and women aged between 29 and 69, who were assessed for their health and lifestyle as part of a European probe into cancer.
For those classified as former drinkers, the risk was 10 percent lower; for those drinking little (0.5 grams of alcohol per day), the risk was 35 percent; for moderate drinkers (five-30 grams per day), the risk was 54 percent lower; and for high (30-90 grams per day) and very high drinkers (more than 90 grams per day) it was halved.

By way of comparison, a 285ml glass of heavy beer containing 4.9 percent of alcohol amounts to 11 grams, while a 180ml glass of wine with 12 percent alcohol has 17.06 grams.

Women also benefitted from alcohol intake, but the effects were not statistically significant, possibly due to lower numbers of "coronary events" in that group.

The paper sheds light on the situation in Spain, which is the world’s third largest producer of beer and wine and has the sixth highest per capita consumption of alcohol. But it also has one of the lowest death rates from coronary heart disease in the world.
Please excuse me but I am going out now for a cold beer or two. No, make it plenty of cold beers. The above is true – you can check it out at webpage, accessed today.

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