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Monday, June 27, 2005

Alcohol - Good And Bad For Your Health (Mature readers only)

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Is drinking alcohol harming my health now, or will it be harmful to me later in life? Should I stop drinking alcohol? Am I a binge drinker?
Most adults who drink alcoholic beverages (beer, wine, or liquor) consume safe and healthy amounts. For others, unsafe drinking patterns increase their risk for injury, illness or future alcohol problems.

Drinking too much causes serious problems, while drinking a little may help many people's health. I am no expert in this but drinking moderately should be good according to health digest.

Well , I do drink occasionally and hopefully it would benefit my health. Most of the alcohol drinks are Guinness Stout, wines and whiskey. I think that if we drink moderately (one or two drinks) there is nothing to worry and there is a growing evidence it has a positive health effect.

There are other reasons we want to limit our alcohol intake:

1. Alcohol is high in calories (the table below)

2. Alcohol slows fat burning - the body uses fat for energy. Alcohol blocks this ability to burn fat for energy,

3. Control your alcohol quantity- I still don't suggest having more than two beers. If you want to control your weight. (Ai yah saying is easy but when you are with a group of buddies drinking, sometimes it can goes way above the limit and you are really drunk)

5. Accompanied by fat snacks -the food served with drinks at a bar or pre-dinner cocktail often consists of nuts, nachos and chips - fat fixes!

1 bottle (12 oz.) beer - 5% alcohol 135 - 150
1 1/5 bottles (14.4 oz.) "light" beer - 4% 120
1 bottle "extra light" beer - 2% 60
1 bottle (12 oz.) wine cooler 215
1 glass wine (5 oz.), 11% 100
1 shot (1 1/2 oz.) liquor - rye, gin, rum, scotch 100
Gin and tonic (7 1/2 oz. cocktail) 170
Liqueurs (1 1/2 oz.) 185

Consuming smaller amounts several times a week _ one or two daily or every other day _ is most heart-protective. It apparently takes low, regular alcohol exposure to help raise levels of the body's so-called good cholesterol, the HDL type, and to thin blood.

Some researchers have suggested that red wine is good for the heart with moderate consumption. Yet to be proven, maybe a myth. Anyway I still like red wine; favourites are Shiraz and Merlot.

There is a lot of debate on the good and the bad of alcohol but if we drink moderately I hope at least some benefit will derive for our health. Having said this alcoholism still remains a major health problem. Everything we eat or drink , if we do it moderately there will be more good than bad. Cheers and bottoms up!!!


Blogger corpsie said...

i just started drinking august last year and by far the only thing that i do just to call myself stupid.

11:31 AM  
Anonymous mrkiasu said...

I cannot drink any, once started i get drunk easily.

1:19 PM  
Anonymous surfnux said...

I believe that a controlled drinking is beneficial to health too. I drink wine and whiskey. Almost stop on beer, because scared of the big belly to expand. But Guiness Stout is still considerable.

So far my favourite is white wine and Chivas Regal. and I just started drinking wine recently, haven't tried much. The first wine I tried is Black Tower. Recommended by friend for beginner.

2:34 PM  
Blogger Lrong said...

Light drnker here... only for 'health'...

3:34 PM  
Blogger percolator said...

Alcohol makes me sleepy and wee-wee too much. My tolerance is so low, I turn pink as a lobster after only 1 glass of wine. Which is just as well, since I now look like a meatball and certainly don't need any help to slow down the fat metabolism.

8:58 PM  
Blogger thquah said...

corpsie:drink you can but try moderately.

mrkiasu: If you are easily drunk then your gf can do what ever she likes.just a joke ,man.

surfnux:Good for you man but drink moderately.

lrong: Ai yah so I can belanja you small drink only.Thinking of "belanja"ing you big bottle but now have to settle for small one.

percolator:One glass of red wine would be beneficial in someway but again it's yet to be proven.Some ppl turn red lobster even with one drink.Mmmmmm.....

11:28 PM  
Blogger Orion said...

My approach to life - everything in moderation, wine included. I am still learning to appreciate wine and I am still having a hard tine trying to make sense the the terminologies used e.g. peppper, too dry etc. etc. I like Merlot and Shiraz as well. Somehow I seem to prefer Australian wine.

9:52 PM  

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