With bars opening back up again and restaurants staying open till midnight, we are happy to announce that scientists have discovered that drinking a moderate amount of alcohol daily can lower the risk of dying from cardiovascular diseases by up to 20%!
Make ours a large glass this weekend then! …Anyways, the study, which was conducted by Harvard Medical School, took a sample of over 50,000 people and observed their drinking habits and stress levels.
Results showed that moderated alcohol intake – that is, no more than one alcoholic drink for women and two for men a day – has been associated with a lower risk of dying from cardiovascular disease, compared to those who drink obsessively.
Interestingly, moderate drinkers also had a lower risk of dying from major cardiovascular incidents compared to those who don’t drink, with scientists believing that drinking modest levels may protect the heart by reducing stress-related brain signals.
The general leader behind the study, Dr. Kenechukwu Mezue explained: ‘We found that stress-related activity in the brain was higher in non-drinkers when compared with people who drank moderately, while people who drank excessively (more than 14 drinks per week) had the highest level of stress-related brain activity’.
But before I start recounting why a glass of vino a day keeps the doctor away, Dr. Mezue highlights that there are notably healthier ways to reduce stress than hitting the booze. Fair enough, especially since alcohol consumption is linked to weight gain, impaired organ function, addiction, and other ailments.
Instead, researchers involved have suggested healthier ways to alleviate stress, like yoga or exercise… but there’s no need to worry about that Sunday beer!