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Good news, everyone! Two pints a day keep heart problems at bay

     
2:25 am on Mar 25, 2017 (gmt 0)

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Moderate drinking is good for you, a BMJ-published study has found, directly contradicting the advice of the UK government's "Chief Medical Officer", who advised last year there was "no safe level" of drinking. A daily pint reduces risk of a heart attack and angina by a third, a big data study of Brit adults has found, while total abstinence increases the risk by 24 per cent.

[theregister.co.uk...]

If two is good then (and I am applying the adsense hangers motto that more is better) I'll shoot for double that to reduce by yet half again any risks for heart attack. Maybe even three times that. Adsense shows us that more is always better!

(NOTE: just in case the implied humor is not obvious, my comments are intended as SATIRE) (Always kills a joke if you have to explain it)
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Every couple years a reporter is either bored or possibly pressured by the editor to come up with a story, so they go down their list of subjects that always seem to garner interest. Alcohol consumption is one of thoe subjects.

So they gather up a few standby sources who confirm that drinking alcohol is "actually good for you." This is of course contradictory to all medical evidence, so that testament is downplayed or even ignored.

What is always ignored in these articles however is the damage to both individual lives & their friends and families and the signifacsnt cost to society for dealing with a health issue that seems to have no cure, nor an end.

Funny? Not so much.
5:44 am on Mar 25, 2017 (gmt 0)

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Everything is bad for you IN EXCESS. Most everything is okay in moderation. That's the take away.

Of course ALCOHOLISM is bad (my youngest brother drank himself to death at age 25) but 3 beers a day for the last 55 years ... still here. :)

As for medical evidence... that's what this report is based on. Go figure.
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my youngest brother drank himself to death at age 25
My mother died from liver failure due to chronic alcoholism. My sister was killed by a drunk driver. I can't find humour in jokes about drinking.
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Guess not. The joke was adsense hangers overdoing things. There's nothing funny about alcoholism ... but there's all kinds of humor in webmasters complaining when "fred" or other Panda hits their otherwise perfect websites (for having too many ads).

We'll chalk this up as an unfunny joke and move on.

Meanwhile, moderation of intake has always been okay.
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Yes moderation of almost anything is fine for most people. My buttons gets pushed with the jokes, sorry.
9:02 am on Mar 25, 2017 (gmt 0)

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a few standby sources

it was the british medical journal...

Association between clinically recorded alcohol consumption and initial presentation of 12 cardiovascular diseases: population based cohort study using linked health records:
http://www.bmj.com/content/356/bmj.j909 [bmj.com]

(and published this week, so kinda "news")
9:12 pm on Mar 26, 2017 (gmt 0)

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This is all a bit like the environmental "benefits" of diesel engines:
Reduced CO2 - good
More NOx and particulates - bad
10:46 pm on Mar 26, 2017 (gmt 0)

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Nowhere do I see mentioned the exercise required to keep the 2-pint a day belly in check... our bodies are even more an holistic endeavor than webdev. :) Narrow focus research can be useful but should never ever be accepted as anything but an out of context result that may (or may not) have benefit when fed back into the whole.
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the exercise required to keep the 2-pint a day belly in check

it's about the equivalent calories of half a dozen oreo cookies or little over 1/2 cup of ben&jerry's vanilla ice cream btw...
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Just about anything, in moderation, which is meant to provide our bodies with the energy that it needs to survive, should be fine. A balanced diet is beneficial. It's when there's an imbalance, or our bodies have an allergy, that the problems arise. Beer/alcohol has a calorific value, but it's "hollow calories" and doesn't provide a range of other vitamins, fats, proteins, carbohydrates, minerals, and, of course, water, which it does provide.
Alcohol is a diuretic, and in moderation should be fine., imho.

It seems there are always health messages coming out in cycles. One time it was red wine is good for you. Another time it is your "five-a-day" fruit an veg. Recently, it has bumped that up to ten-a-day. Dairy used to be bad for you, but, for some people, they require additional dairy to supplement their deficiency.
I suspect we'll get another piece in due course saying that two beers a day is bad for you.
10:59 pm on Mar 28, 2017 (gmt 0)

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Too much moderation is also bad for you.
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I can say this in all honesty.

At one point, I weighed 210lbs, which is a LOT for my height. I started cutting calories, and got to 185. Which is still big for my height.

Then I started cutting sugar to < 30g a day, but still allowed myself 1 diet soda a day (Dr. Pepper 10), usually with dinner. I got down to 175, where I stayed for about 3 years.

Late last year, I cut out that Dr. Pepper 10 and allowed myself 1 dark beer a day (stout or porter, the darker the better). I would drink this a few hours after dinner, sort of like a snack.

Within a few months, I was down to 155 (my college weight), where I've been holding steady for about 2 months now. This gives me a BMI of just under 25, which puts me in the "Normal" weight category.

So even though I was adding 200 calories to my diet, the exchange of fake sugar for Brewer's yeast really did have a significant impact.
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The beer diet. I like it.
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that's 2 UK pints, = 40oz Imperial vs 32oz US. Although I think it's all litres now. Haven't been back in over 20 years.
Back in the day, the ad was 'Guinness is good for you' and it was.
 

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