I spend a lot of time scouring the web for items about consumption of alcohol. Sometimes I do it to scare the shit out of myself (you know cancer, cirrhosis of the liver, etc) and sometimes I do it to justify my daily tipple.
This is about the latter as according to a new study having a drink a day may be linked with better overall health as women age.
Researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health found that women who reported drinking approximately one alcoholic beverage per day at age 58 had a 20 percent better chance of ageing successfully than their non-drinking counterparts. The researchers defined “successful ageing” as making it to 70 with good cognitive function, no major chronic diseases, no physical limitations and good overall mental health.
“If you just focus on one aspect of health, that’s very misleading,” said Dr. Qi Sun, a researcher in the Department of Nutrition at the Harvard School of Public Health and the study’s lead author. “What we are looking at is very comprehensive. For women who have one drink per day — equivalent to one can of beer, one shot of liquor or one glass of wine — that is associated with an increased chance of achieving successful ageing, which means multiple aspects of health.”
However there is a caveat (isn’t there always). It found that having one glass of wine a day was better than drinking the same amount in one sitting.
Darn, now I can’t claim my weekly bottles of champers as medicine. Image