Friday, March 15, 2013

Cleaning My Pipes -- 184 lbs (-45) [17X]

The ones that circulate blood, that is. In the right doses, drinking alcohol can drastically reduce risk of high blood pressure, clogged arteries, blood clots, upper body pain, artery disease, strokes, and heart attacks--up to 60% versus abstaining found in many studies. And given that cardiovascular problems account for about a third of all deaths, the increased odds of living longer with alcohol therapy are staggering. To put it into perspective, using United States data from the Center for Disease Control, 10,389,928 people out of 29,176,040 deaths died from circulatory issues over a 10+ year period, versus a much smaller 262,589 deaths attributed to all alcohol-related causes. That translates to roughly 1 alcohol abuse death for 20 lives potentially saved with metered alcohol use. Drink for thought indeed.

A good consolidated of many of these studies is in Gene Ford's ground-breaking book, The Science of Healthy Drinking, which he dedicates the first 7 out of 33 chapters to. I highly encourage you read it, whether you drink or not, to have a more balanced view of alcohol use than "The Man" would have you believe.

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