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There’s a lot of research out there on alcohol. Some say it’s good for you, others say there’s no worse toxin to put in your body, and others take a more middle-of-the-road approach. Who’s right? Who’s wrong? What can you believe when it comes to alcohol?

Good Stuff

Moderation is key when it comes to getting any benefits from alcohol. In fact, in some cases, it may seem like it’s recommended to take alcohol almost like it’s medicine: one-half to one glass each day. Type of alcohol is also important: wine has been shown to have positive benefits on health.

Dr. Suzanne Steinbaum is the director of women and heart disease at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City. She’s also a spokesperson for the American Heart Association. She says: “Alcohol, especially red wine, has resveratrol and antioxidants and bioflavonoids and polyphenols, and all of these wonderful things that dilate the arteries and reduce inflammation. Alcohol can definitely be part of a heart-healthy diet if you’re drinking responsibly.”

The US Department of Health and Human Services says that wine in small amounts can reduce the risk of developing:

  • Heart disease
  • Stroke
  • Dementia
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Gallstones

Not Good Stuff

It’s never recommended to start drinking if you don’t already drink. But those who try to justify drinking a couple of glasses of wine – or more – every night by pointing to health benefits are actually taking on far more health risks than they may be mitigating. Because alcohol raises your triglyceride level – a dangerous fat found in your blood – it can mean high blood pressure. Irregular heartbeat is also a common issue; liver damage, kidney damage and weight gain are also associated health problems with alcohol. Other problems associated with drinking include:

  • Alcohol addiction
  • Binge drinking
  • Driving while intoxicated
  • Overdose, especially when combined with other drugs
  • Increased risk of certain cancers
  • Increased risk of unplanned pregnancy, STDs, violent behavior, physical and sexual abuse, alcohol poisoning and more

Dealing With Alcohol Abuse and Addiction

If you are already at a point where your use of alcohol can be termed alcohol abuse (drinking more than a few drinks daily or almost daily), binge drinking (drinking more than four drinks in a few hours), or addiction (physically and psychologically dependent upon alcohol), you can get the help you need to quit when you contact us at the number listed above. Find an alcohol rehab center that can help you avoid the health risks associated with drinking. Call now.

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