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    Default Cheers! 6 ways a little booze does the body good

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    By Linda Carroll, contributor

    For many Americans, drinking is as much a part of this season as mistletoe and noisemakers — it’s hard to imagine a celebration that doesn’t go better with a little liquid cheer.

    To be sure, alcohol is addictive to a certain percentage of the population; approximately 17.6 million Americans abuse alcohol, according to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. Further, scientists have demonstrated beyond a doubt that heavy drinking can hurt your heart and rot your brain.

    But those who can hail the holidays with just a glass or two can relax and have fun, knowing that their drinking might actually bring some health benefits. Researchers have determined that moderate alcohol consumption is good for a host of body systems, from the head to the heart.

    So this year, feel free to eat, drink and be merry as long as you follow the age-old adage: “Moderation in all things.”

    Women who drink occasionally may live longer.
    A recent study published in the American Journal of Hypertension that followed more than 112,000 post-menopausal women for an average of eight years determined that white women who consumed up to seven drinks a week had a 19 percent lower risk of dying from any cause compared to women who abstained. When it came to African American women, the impact was far smaller. Black women who drank in moderation were 6 percent less likely to die compared to teetotalers.

    The protective effect of moderate drinking was far more pronounced in women with high blood pressure. White women with hypertension were almost 40 percent less likely to die compared to abstainers. And black hypertensive drinkers were more than 25 percent less likely to die than their abstaining counterparts.

    Moderate drinking may actually protect your brain — especially if you’re a woman.
    A study published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society that followed almost 6,000 seniors found that women who drank moderately were less likely to experience age-related declines in cognition. These researchers found no protective effect for men.

    But there may be hope for men who are light drinkers. A large study in the American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry pooled the results of several smaller ones (including reports with more than 10,000 seniors) and found that drinkers — both male and female — were almost 50 percent less likely to develop dementia compared to non-drinkers.

    Women who drink moderately are less likely to develop high blood pressure.
    In a study that followed more than 28,000 women and 13,000 men for 20 years, Harvard researchers found that women who drank moderately were less likely to be hypertensive. At higher levels of consumption, the risk of high blood pressure went up.

    For drinking men, the news wasn’t good. Any level of drinking was associated with an increased risk of high blood pressure in men.

    A few drinks a week might keep the heart doctor away.
    Harvard researchers concluded that men who consumed several drinks per week were more than 40 percent less likely to suffer a heart attack compared to teetotalers. Their study followed more than 51,000 men for 16 years. All of the men in the study reported at least four healthy behaviors, including low body mass index, regular exercise, abstention from smoking and a healthy diet. The protective effect decreased with increased alcohol consumption.

    In another study, researchers from the University of South Carolina found that middle-aged people who recently took up moderate drinking to protect their health experienced a 38 percent lower risk of developing heart disease compared to non-drinking counterparts.

    White wine may help you breathe better.
    Researchers correlated drinking habits with lung function in more than 1,500 New York State residents. The researchers, from the State University of New York at Buffalo, had expected to find that red wine would be protective because it contains antioxidants. To their surprise, neither red wine nor hard liquor had an impact, while white wine appeared to improve lung function.

    Drinkers exercise more than teetotalers — and the more people drink, the more they exercise.
    A recent study that used data from a government health survey of more than 200,000 Americans found that moderate and heavy drinkers were 10 percent more likely to engage in vigorous exercise than abstainers. Heavy drinkers were almost 14 percent more likely to exercise.

    On average, moderate drinkers worked out 10 minutes a week more than the teetotalers in the survey. The researchers defined moderate drinking as 15 to 45 drinks per month in women, and 30 to 75 drinks per month in men. Heavy drinking was anything more than that.

    Heavy drinkers exercised 20 minutes more per week than abstainers. For every extra drink per month, time working out increased by 2 minutes per week.

    The researchers aren’t sure why drinkers exercise more, but it may simply be an attempt to use workouts to burn up the extra calories.

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    Oy ve' does any of that mention moderation? Can this process be done all at once? I tried last night. I don't feel so good at the moment, must be a delayed reaction?!?!?!......
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