Drinking in moderation is a way of life that encourages an alcoholic or alcohol abuser to drink moderately so that they can live a healthier and fruitful life. Some people believe that moderate drinking is a myth and doesn’t bring any drastic results in one’s life; on the contrary, some say that it has changed their life for good. No one can really prove its effectiveness and it’s still an on-going debate. We did some research in our stride to unveil what’s really happening behind the curtains of moderate drinking.
Before taking a peek behind the curtain let’s talk about what moderate drinking really is and what amount of drinking could be counted as ‘moderate drinking’.
Moderate Drinking In A Beaker
According to NIAAA (National Institute on Alcohol Abuse & Alcoholism), moderate drinking could be defined as follows:
- Up to 4 alcoholic drink in a single day for men and a maximum of 14 drinks in a week.
- Up to 3 alcoholic drink in a single day for women and a maximum of 7 drinks in a week.
And as per the National Health Service (NHS) –
- Men should not consume more than 30 to 40 ml of pure alcohol in a day.
- Whereas women should not consume more than 20-30 ml of pure alcohol in a day.
Moderate Drinking – A Healthy Way Of Life
- As per a report in “Journal Neuropsychiatric Disease And Treatment”, a study conducted that has over 365,000 participants since 1977 showed that those who drank moderately had 23% fewer chances of having Alzheimer’s or any other form of dementia as alcohol stresses up the brain cells and make them tighten, enabling them to cope with these conditions.
- According to studies done by “The School of Public Health at Harvard University” drinking in moderation could be linked to beneficial changes in better sensitivity of insulin that leads to better blood flow as it reduces the blood clots in the heart, brain and neck which reduces the chances of stroke in both men and women who doesn’t have a history of any cardiovascular condition.
- World Health Day – Beat Diabetes has just passed by and it is a known fact that excess alcohol consumption could decrease blood sugar level and sometimes to dangerous levels, especially for people with type 1 diabetes. Although, as per a Dutch study drinking alcohol in moderation in healthy adults has shown to reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes.
- It has been discovered by “The Department of Psychology at Carnegie Mellon University” that smoking could worsen the common cold whereas a moderate amount of alcohol consumption could be beneficial against common cold. Also, moderate consumption of red wine has shown 60% less chance of having common cold.
There are many such studies that have found other health benefits but most of these don’t have any scientific evidence of these health benefits. So, one can’t actually prove that moderate drinking is either good or bad.