Bloody Doctors Screwing with the Research

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  1. The American Journal of Preventive Medicine is pulling the rug out from under one of the best excuses for drinking...
    they looked at 30 known risk factors for cardiovascular disease: age, social factors, income, physical activity, diet, health conditions, diabetes, body mass index, access to health services etc. etc. and compared non-drinkers to moderate drinkers to Moe's regulars from the Simpsons...

    The Centre for Discease Control and Prevention now claim that you should hold on a second before reaching for that Pinot Noir - moderate drinking as an aid to health - inclduding helping heart disease - may be ' illusionary ' [ knew it was too good a thing ]...

    Seems that they ' discovered ' that moderate drinkers tend to be wealthier, better educated, more active and better nourished than non-drinkers and heavy drinkers, and it is these characteristics, instead of the nightly glass of tipple , that explains the healthier hearts...

    Sifted through 250,000 responses finding that 27 of 30 risk factors were significantly more prevalent among non-drinkers than moderate drinkers - only 2 risk factors were higher in the drinking set : male gender [ apparently being a guy is bad for guys ] and smoking.

    So, bottom line is that ' one cannot conclude that drinking has any health benefits '

    drinkers improved health can be based on ' confounding factors' not alcohol consumption itself.

    of course, too much drinking is not a good thing either with one-third of North American drinkers downing ' too many '..leading to 75,000 -80,000 deaths a year..

    Disclaimer : research denotes an ' association ' between modest drinking and health - not cause and effect ..

    people who do not drink should not take up drinking to ' improve health ' any more than moderate drinkers should up their intake.. the ' rule ' is still one drink a day for women and 2 a day for men...this is likely to do no harm [ and no fun either ]...

    Me, I'm into keeping my body ' preserved ' by alcohol infusion over drinking to stay fit...

    Still not being able to claim medical benefits from booze spoils the thing and - hey - maybe I can sue barkeeps and wine stewards for telling me drinking is good for me..false advertising and all that...[ might be an up side afteralll ].....