Moderate Drinking is Good, No, It’s Bad

alcohol drinksDon’t you love it when the experts can’t seem to determine whether something will save our lives or kill us? Cholesterol has been one of these topics. Twenty years ago, it was just bad. Then it was good and bad cholesterol. And now researchers are leaning toward not particularly worrying about the LDL.

In recent years, a series of studies have suggested that moderate drinking might have some heart-friendly effects. Now a new study pushes back the other way, pointing out a correlation between moderate drinking in older people and damage to the heart.

“Moderate” drinking might harm your heart if you’re a senior citizen, a new study suggests.

And women appear to be at greater risk for alcohol-related heart damage than men, the researchers found.

“In an elderly population, increasing alcohol intake is associated with subtle alterations in heart structure and function, with women appearing more susceptible than men to the toxic effects of alcohol,” said lead researcher Dr. Alexandra Goncalves. She is a postdoctoral research fellow at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School in Boston.

So if this study has it right, then alcohol might prevent a heart attack until it causes one. I’m frankly not sure how to feel about that.

A couple of months back, I shared Steve Gaines’ six reasons why he doesn’t drink. Granted, this seventh reason not to drink might be overturned by some study showing that alcohol actually multiplies brain synapses, but I’m not going to bet on it.