Posted by: Tony Carson | 19 November, 2009

Good news: No guilt hang-overs

Wow. Turns out, getting serious pissed, daily, is good for you, or a part of you.

Alcohol ‘protects men’s heart’, at the BBC explains that, wait for it:

Drinking alcohol every day cuts the risk of heart disease in men by more than a third, a major study suggests.

And when they say drinking, they don’t mean tippling.

For those drinking little – less than a shot of vodka a day for instance – the risk was reduced by 35%. And for those who drank anything from three shots to more than 11 shots each day, the risk worked out an average of 50% less.

The type of alcohol drunk did not seem to make a difference, but protection was greater for those drinking moderate to high amounts of varied drinks.

The same benefits were not seen in women, who suffer fewer heart problems than men to start with. Researchers speculated this difference could be down to the fact that women process alcohol differently, and that female hormones protect against the disease in younger age groups.

That’s where the good news ends.

UK experts said the findings should be treated with caution because they do not take into account ill-health from a range of other diseases caused by excess drinking.

And then there is binge drinking.

“Six units within six hours is considered ‘binge-drinking’ and anyone indulging in regular ‘binge-drinking’ increases their risk of stroke greatly,” said research officer Joanne Murphy.

Needless to say, Public health specialists warned no-one should be encouraged to drink more as a result of this study.

Still, maybe we shouldn’t have quite so much guilt with our hang-overs.

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