Results 1 to 5 of 5

Thread: Alcohol and Health

  1. #1

    Join Date
    Dec 2005
    Location
    England
    Posts
    354
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Default Alcohol and Health

    We all know consumption of large quantities of alcohol is damaging to humans in many many ways, the list is endless.

    However, I am curious about the studies done on consumption of small amount of alcohol, many studies have found a correlation between low alcohol consumption and higher longevity, people who drink small amounts of alcohol have a higher life expectancy than non-drinkers. The reason given is that small amounts of alcohol have a small benifit to the cardiovascular system.

    They is only one study I can find that disputes the accuracy of these findings (December 1997 issue of the JOURNAL OF THE ROYAL SOCIETY OF MEDICINE), it concludes that the category that makes up non-drinkers in these studies are overrepresented by people with health problems, former alcoholics, people with diabeties etc who don't drink for these reasons, and who have lower life expectancies, because of these health problems.

    However, some other studies claim to correct for these things, putting lifetime abstainers in their own category, correcting for wealth, social position, etc etc and still claim people who drink a low amount of alcohol have a higher life expectancy than lifetime abstainers.

    I am very suspicious of these findings, consider for example, being slightly overweight, living in a city, going for long periods without sex, little excercise etc etc are all well known to have negative effects on life expectancy, even though they seem fairly minor. So how can a substance that has such a profound effect on the human body and notably the brain, not have any negative long lasting consequences to life expectancy, even if it is taken in small quantities. Air polution when living in a city effects life expectancy by upto 5 years, we don't notice the effects on us of a few part per million of toxicants in the air, yet we certainly notice the effect of being intoxicated (alcohol is of cousre just another toxin) with couple of glasses of wine. How the f%$& can air polution cut years off of ones life given its minor effects, and alcohol despite is huge intoxicating effects actually be good for us?

    Am I missing something?, I can't help but think the size of alcohol companies and the amount of money the government makes in taxation from the sale of alcohol, and especially its social meaning in society has a lot to do with this. The media have reported findings on the positive aspects of alcohol consumption, but never any study that reports negative aspects, unless its about excessive consumption and alcoholism.

    I would be grateful for any thoughts and comments, my wants me to be healthy, and im concerned about any long term damaging effects of alcohol consumption, even when taken in small quantities.
    Friendly ISTp
    Interested in everything, yes, EVERYTHING
    Flower's motto: Life's too short even to do the things you want to, let alone the things you dont!!

  2. #2
    Creepy-Diana

    Default

    .

  3. #3

    Join Date
    Mar 2005
    Posts
    1,246
    Mentioned
    2 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Default

    Here's an interesting American stat: 10% of the population drinks 90% of all alcohol in the US. Holy cow! No wonder the advertising is the way it is . . . they're trying to capture the imagination of the alcoholic!

    There was some research done on wine, a glass a day having some positive effects, although probably due to the fruit base of grapes.
    Entp
    ILE

  4. #4

    Join Date
    Dec 2005
    Location
    England
    Posts
    354
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Blaze
    Here's an interesting American stat: 10% of the population drinks 90% of all alcohol in the US.
    Yeah, I have heard that stat before, I have not considered how that would influence things though. Hmm.

    Quote Originally Posted by Blaze
    There was some research done on wine, a glass a day having some positive effects, although probably due to the fruit base of grapes.
    The studies show red wine has the best effect because it helps the cardiovascular system and in addition contains high amounts of anti-oxidants (which indeed come from the grapes), these themselves have a correlation with high life expectancy. Anti-oxidants can also be found in high concentrations in green tea and many fruits and vegetables.
    Friendly ISTp
    Interested in everything, yes, EVERYTHING
    Flower's motto: Life's too short even to do the things you want to, let alone the things you dont!!

  5. #5
    UDP's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2006
    Location
    East Coast West Coast Dirty South
    TIM
    LSE
    Posts
    14,826
    Mentioned
    33 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Default

    alcohal can TBJ for all I care.


    It's an unnatural substance, and pure alcohal, in my opinion ,just doesn't seem like something that the body would naturally gravitate towards, or feel a desire for.

    those are just passing thoughts, though
    Pre-2013 post are written with incomplete understanding.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •