At this point you have heard all mass media tout the benefits of alcohol from light to moderate regular intake. Based on article in Journal of the American College of Cardiology, online August 14,2017, it reports the results of a 8 yr. study of 333,000 adults.
Definitions: light drinker – less than 3 a week; moderate – more than 3 less 14 in men, less 7 in women; heavy – obviously greater; binge drinker 5 or more per day.
Findings: moderate drinkers are 20% less likely to die from any cause inc. cancer then those that abstain. Heavy drinkers and binge drinkers had in increased odds of dying compared to those who abstain. Cancers from breast, colorectal, oral are decreased.
This study is similar to large Chinese study findings.
Exactly how alcohol protects is not clear but it is intuitive that it may improve the health of your blood vessels by reducing inflammation and it is known to aid your ability to form blood clots, increase levels of good cholesterol, and promote antioxidant pathways.
Naturally regular activity, no smoking, weight control using dietary wisdom inc. Mediterranean diet.
Better odds are noted from years of light to moderate alcohol consumption. all physicians agree if you never drank age 60 is not time to start.