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Is alcohol healthy or not?

  1. There is a lot to do around alcohol. From an accepted hard drug to a health elixir. For example, according to some red wine is healthy. A glass a day good for blood circulation. Others say alcohol destroys brain cells. From a medical scientific point of view, the controversy is no less. And the line between healthy and unhealthy is much thinner than previously thought.

Daily alcohol consumption

  1. The Dutch nutrition center recommends consuming no more than 1 (women) to 2 (men) glasses of alcohol a day. In doing so, she clearly endorses that it is not wise to consume alcohol for health promotion. [!1]

Controversy

  1. The many alcohol surveys give quite contradictory reports:

Cancer

  1. Cancer is not caused by a gene nor by any single nutrient. If there were already a gene for cancer, it would be activated by the epigenetic factors. [!15] And alcohol does play a role in this. The risk of developing cancer of the mouth, throat, vocal cords, esophagus, breast, intestine, liver and pancreas increases sharply by the intake of alcohol. And a small amount of alcohol intake is already responsible for this, according to the largest cancer and lifestyle research conducted by the W.C.R.F. (World Cancer Research Fund) and the A.I.C.R. (American Institute for Cancer Research). This is not surprising, because pure alcohol, ethanol, is on the list of carcinogenic substances of the I.A.C.R. (International Agency for Cancer Research). The recommendation of the W.C.R.F. and A.I.C.R. is that there should be no use of alcohol at all. [!16]

Cardiovascular diseases

  1. Cardiovascular diseases related diseases were found to be between 14 and 25% lower with the daily consumption of 1 glass of alcohol. It was immediately shown that more than 1 glass of alcohol consumption per day increased the chance of a fatal stroke. [!17] The HDL ("good") cholesterol is said to be increased by small amounts of alcohol (red wine). [!18]

Binch drinking

  1. The Center for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto researched the consequences of binch drinking once a month. By "many" was understood 4 (women) to 5 (men) glasses at a time. This showed that only once a month binch drinking all health-promoting effects of no to light drinking were immediately nullified. [!19] A meta-study of 44 studies into the effects of alcohol and cardiovascular disease showed that by far not all low-level drinkers indicated that alcohol had a protective effect. [!19] A comparative study between middle-aged men from France and Northern Ireland confirmed this finding. The French men drink daily, but are less likely to have coronary artery calcification than the Northern Irish, who do not drink daily, but drink more each time. [!20] In addition, the French drink proportionately more red wine and much less beer and whiskey.

Hard drugs

  1. Alcohol, like any other hard drug, is a highly addictive substance. Daily use means that the number of receptors that respond decreases. The "tolerance level" changes as a result. To maintain the effect, one must use more and more. The chance of daily binch drinking (which is 4 alcoholic drinks for women and 5 alcoholic drinks at a time for men) increases significantly. But most alcohol addicts firmly deny that they are addicted to alcohol. However, the health risks are enormous. The damage to the largest organ, the liver, alone puts the risk of fatal diseases. The liver has more than 500 functions in the body. The liver is directly vital in this regard. A damaged liver can recover, provided it is offered the right conditions. [!21] Both Prof I. Gilmore (Royal College of Physicians) and N. Sheron (Southhampthon University) report that daily or near-daily use of alcohol greatly increases the risk of liver disease. Cirrhosis of the liver (connective tissue) occurs almost exclusively in people who drink daily. Weekly alcohol-free days are therefore a recommendation from both professors.

Alcohol yes or no?

  1. With very moderate use, the chance of a longer life is slightly higher than that of complete abstainers. [!22] However, the strict condition is that there are weekly alcohol-free days to keep tolerance low and to give the liver a chance to repair the damage. However, for complete abstainers, it is not worthwhile to start drinking. Healthy (paleo) nutrition and exercise have many more health benefits.



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