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Evidence exists that not only the amount of alcohol but also other factors may influence the risk of adverse health effects. However, most drinking guidelines focus on average daily or weekly consumption of alcoholic beverages, without providing recommendations on the pattern or type of alcoholic beverage. The aim of this study was to examine the combined effect of various drinking patterns on the risk of health outcomes among regular consumers of alcoholic beverages. More than 300,000 individuals participated in this…
A team of Canadian researchers has presented the concept of a simple method that could become a game-changer in rescue therapy for severe alcohol intoxication. Normally, 90% of the alcohol in the human body is cleared exclusively by the liver at constant rate that cannot be increased. Currently there is no other method, short of dialysis, whereby alcohol can be removed from the blood. This leaves as the only options to treat life-threatening alcohol levels, supportive measures such as giving…
In this clinical study, twelve healthy volunteers were supplemented with non-alcoholic red wine extract, including resveratrol and polyphenols for eight weeks. Blood samples were taken at the start and 4 and 8 weeks after the supplementation. The beneficial effects of red wine are thought to be exerted through polyphenols. Among the polyphenols, resveratrol has been one of the most extensively studied and is regarded as one that contributes to the health benefits of red wine. Thus, polyphenols including resveratrol from…
In this American community-based study, multi-ethnic adults (without cardiovascular disease at the study start) who consumed 1-2 drinks of wine/day had a better cardiovascular health compared to those who never drank wine. The current study examined the relation between the type of alcoholic beverage and the ideal cardiovascular health (CVH) which is defined by the American Heart Association when meeting specific criteria: data about smoking, physical activity, body mass index, diet, total cholesterol blood pressure and blood sugar. However, so…
A recent literature review evaluated the effects of wine consumption in the context of a Mediterranean diet and different chronic (non-communicable) diseases such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes and dementia. Most of the scientific evidence of the last five years agrees that light to moderate wine consumption appears to have beneficial effects. Indeed, various studies have shown that following a healthy lifestyle such as eating a healthy diet (rich in fruits, vegetables, legumes, fish and low in red meat) including a…
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