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ALCOHOL AND HEALTH? Is There A Healthy Amount?

Updated: Jan 18

I assume you've heard the age old saying that red wine is great for your heart. Some would even go as far as saying that some types of alcohol are useful for many other health conditions. Have we been down-playing the risks of consuming alcohol? Have you ever used it to relax and unwind, or to treat insomnia, anxiety or social phobia? Do you drink because you think it’s good for your heart or because it’s healthy?

I don't want to sound like a party pooper, since I too like a good scotch here and there, but that doesn't mean we should avoid talking about the health implications. I get it, alcohol is an intricate part of our culture, and Acadian Canadians like me have been known to do their fair share of binge drinking.

In many parts of the world, doctors are still recommending alcohol for sleep, anxiety, pain management and even during pregnancy. I'm not one to rain on anyone's parade, but people love hearing good news about their bad habits. So I'm not surprised that people would jump for joy after hearing that alcohol is healthy. If you drink red wine because you love it, then you're an adult and you can decide for yourself, but if you do it for cardiovascular protection or any other medical reason, then you might be surprised to hear what I have to say. In this article, I'll review the pros and cons of alcohol consumption and I'll summarize the latest research on this highly popular beverage.