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Alcohol and health

  1. 1. Alcohol: A Healthy Lifestyle<br />
  2. 2. Background Information<br />NIAAA<br />
  3. 3. What is Moderation?<br />Medical researchers generally describe moderation as one to three drinks per day<br />
  4. 4. Longevity<br />A  Harvard study found the risk of death from all health causes to be 21% to 28% lower among men who drank alcohol moderately, compared to abstainers<br />A British analysis of 12,000 male physicians found that moderate drinkers had the lowest risk of death from all causes during the 13 year study.<br />
  5. 5. Longevity<br />An analysis of the 89,299 men in the Physicians' Health Study over a period of five and a half years found that those who drink alcohol in moderation tend to live longer than those who either abstain or drink heavily.<br />The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism found that moderate drinking increased the length of life by about 3% among white males.<br />
  6. 6. Healthier Lives<br />A nation-wide survey in the U.S. revealed that daily moderate drinkers experienced significantly less acute hospitalization.<br />A nation-wide Canadian study found moderate drinkers who consumed alcohol daily to have 15% less disability than the general population.<br />
  7. 7. Heart Attacks<br />Harvard researchers have identified the moderate consumption of alcohol as a proven way to reduce coronary heart disease risk.<br />-- 106 men had heart attacks-- 1,282 men consumed about two drinks per day, of whom 8 had heart attacks-- 714 men consumed over two drinks per day, of whom 9 had heart attacks-- 1,889 men never drank, of whom 28 had heart attacks<br />
  8. 8. Heart Attacks<br />The American Heart Association, based on the research evidence, concludes that the “Consumption of one or two drinks per day is associated with a reduction in risk of (coronary heart disease) approximately 30% to 50%.” <br />
  9. 9. Other benefits<br />High Blood Pressure<br />
  10. 10. Other Benefits<br />Drinking alcohol (beer, wine, or distilled spirits) in moderation was associated with a lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes among women age 40-70 in a large study in the Netherlands that followed them for an average of over  six years.<br />A study of almost 21,000 physicians for over 12 years has found that men who are light to moderate drinkers have a decreased risk of Type 2 (non-insulin dependent) diabetes mellitus.<br />

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