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Beer Found to be as Healthy as Wine

CowboyNeal posted more than 9 years ago | from the also-found-to-be-delicious dept.

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Matt Clare writes "Researchers at the University of Western Ontario (Canada) recently found that beer has the same positive qualities that wine has previously been found to have. The media release quotes professor John Trevithick, 'We were very surprised one drink of beer or stout contributed an equal amount of antioxidant benefit as wine, especially since red wine contains about 20 times the amount of polyphenols as beer.' For more info on how beer helps police harmful free radicals in blood, The London Free Press also has an article."

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517 comments

mmm (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10260991)

GNU/BEER

Re:mmm (4, Funny)

Soko (17987) | more than 9 years ago | (#10261145)

Pfft. You zealot. I prefer FreeBeer.

Soko

Should have called it: (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10261156)

Free as in "FREE GAY SEX"

There's a new DEBINA-forum, which awaits your trolling: forums.debian.net [debian.net]

I think I speak for all of us ... (5, Funny)

MrRTFM (740877) | more than 9 years ago | (#10260992)

... when I say

"WOOHOO!!"

Re:I think I speak for all of us ... (5, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10261107)

I think I speak for intelligent people when I say "Who funded this study?"

Don't get too excited (4, Funny)

commodoresloat (172735) | more than 9 years ago | (#10261129)

According to the summary, the benefit to health comes with a corresponding decrease in civil liberties:

For more info on how beer helps police harmful free radicals in blood...

It's time to write your representatives, folks!

Re:Don't get too excited (1)

DrEldarion (114072) | more than 9 years ago | (#10261166)

Hey, I'm all for policing the radicals. They're the crazy bastards that make vague laws necessary in the first place.

Do we really want... (5, Funny)

uberdave (526529) | more than 9 years ago | (#10261165)

Do we really want beer helping the police to free harmful radicals?

Cheers! (1)

kjots (64798) | more than 9 years ago | (#10260993)

There is a God!

It must mbe Thursday. I never could get the hand of Thursdays.

Re:Cheers! (5, Insightful)

yintercept (517362) | more than 9 years ago | (#10261128)

There is a God!

And like God, beer can be healthy if you don't over do it.

You messed up the quote (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10261212)

"Beer is proof that God exists and wants us to be happy."
- Benjamin Franklin

1st post...! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10260994)

1st post...! :)

Re:1st post...! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10261094)

no dude!!!! way off the mark

Beer.....drool. (2, Funny)

ackthpt (218170) | more than 9 years ago | (#10260996)

Wear your jersey [yahoo.com] with pride!

"it's not just for breakfast anymore"

first poopst (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10260997)

i have first poopst

First beer! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10260998)

fp

Interesting.... (5, Insightful)

mentalflossboy (811716) | more than 9 years ago | (#10261001)

And yet, you never hear about a "wine belly."

Re:Interesting.... (4, Funny)

savagedome (742194) | more than 9 years ago | (#10261102)

You will, the day they start selling a six pack of wine for $4 in supermarkets.

Re:Interesting.... (4, Insightful)

mentalflossboy (811716) | more than 9 years ago | (#10261169)

Good lord, man, what kind of beer are you drinking? A decent beer costs at least 7 or 8 bucks for a six pack. And you can get "decent" bottles of wine for that much at Trader Joes.

I don't think cost is the issue in the beer/wine debate. It's a lifestyle difference. Wine drinkers will have a glass with dinner. Beer drinkers chug a six pack watching the game on Saturday.

A bit one-sided... (5, Interesting)

phaetonic (621542) | more than 9 years ago | (#10261002)

To quote from article [yahoo.com] , ...

But the key is moderation. The researchers found three beers would have the opposite effect.

The study was funded by beermakers Guinness and Labatt. But the university says the financial support had no influence on the outcome.

Re:A bit one-sided... (4, Funny)

Omega1045 (584264) | more than 9 years ago | (#10261041)

The researchers found three beers would have the opposite effect.

So just make sure your two beers are both liters/quarts!

Re:A bit one-sided... (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10261061)


The study was funded by beermakers Guinness and Labatt


Or was it, 'The study funded beermakers Guiness and Labatt'?

Re:A bit one-sided... (1)

Basehart (633304) | more than 9 years ago | (#10261079)

So the ideal number of beers is nine!

Re:A bit one-sided... (5, Funny)

ackthpt (218170) | more than 9 years ago | (#10261082)

But the key is moderation. The researchers found three beers would have the opposite effect.

WARNING: The Surgeon General has determined that having your car wrapped around the trunk of a tree or overturned in a ditch may be harmful to your health. Drink in moderation and call a cab if you've had too much.

Re:A bit one-sided... (1, Troll)

raider_red (156642) | more than 9 years ago | (#10261138)

It's not too one sided. If they were truly influenced by their financers, they wouldn't have added the note about moderation. It would be more like: "Beer's good for you! Drink as much as you can afford."

Alcohol is no health food (2, Informative)

GuyMannDude (574364) | more than 9 years ago | (#10261206)

Actually, the whole title of beer or wine being "healthy" is rediculous. Alcohol is the most damaging food product you can put in your body. It's far worse than trans-fatty acids, artificial ingredients (e.g., pesticides, food coloring), or sugar. I defy you to find any reputable medical researcher who would encourage people to take up drinking for health benefits. You want the health benefits of wine or beer? Eat some grapes [whfoods.com] instead. You'll get the benefits of the flavonoids without the damaging effects of the alcohol.

Look, I have nothing against alcohol. I love wine and I'm fortunate to live in an area known for exceptional wine growing. But let's not kid ourselves about alcohol being some kind of health food. So put away your low-carb beer and your red wine and drink what you want -- in moderation.

GMD

Speaking for the Badger State... (1)

nastro (32421) | more than 9 years ago | (#10261209)

"Beer Found to be as Healthy as Wine" ...

"Yaaaaay!"

"But the key is moderation. The researchers found three beers would have the opposite effect." ...

"Aaaaaaw."

I thought I had a good thing there, for a minute. Dang. Oh, well, if the beer doesn't kill me, the cigarettes will. And if the cigarettes don't kill me, then dammit, I'm just not trying hard enough then.

1st (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10261004)

ist post

Beer (I like it too), but (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10261005)

do you trust someone from Western Ontario (Canada), with this science?

Better question: (4, Funny)

temojen (678985) | more than 9 years ago | (#10261059)

Do you trust Labatts with this "science"?

Re:Better question: (2, Insightful)

Marxist Hacker 42 (638312) | more than 9 years ago | (#10261189)

Yes- if their funding had actually affected the outcome, there wouldn't have been word one about moderation in the article.

Re:Beer (I like it too), but (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10261155)

At least they are not YANKEE IMPERIALIST BASTARDS. Stupid YANKEE IMPERIALIST BASTARDS drink piss water instead of real beer.

yes, but define beer... (5, Funny)

funny-jack (741994) | more than 9 years ago | (#10261006)

After the Great Britain Beer Festival, in London, all the brewery presidents decided to go out for a beer.
The guy from Corona sits down and says, "Hey Senor, I would like the world's best beer, a Corona." The bartender dusts off a bottle from the shelf and gives it to him.
The guy from Budweiser says, "I'd like the best beer in the world, give me 'The King Of Beers', a Budweiser." The bartender gives him one.
The guy from Coors says, "I'd like the only beer made with Rocky Mountain spring water, give me a Coors." He gets it.
The guy from Guinness sits down and says, "Give me a Coke." The bartender is a little taken aback, but gives him what he ordered.
The other brewery presidents look over at him and ask "Why aren't you drinking a Guinness?" and the Guinness president replies, "Well, I figured if you guys aren't drinking beer, neither would I."

Re:yes, but define beer... (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10261113)

NOT FUNNY

Don't quit your day job of being unemployed.

Re:yes, but define beer... (5, Funny)

savagedome (742194) | more than 9 years ago | (#10261130)

Alright. One more.

A Texan walks into a pub in Ireland and clears his voice to the crowd of drinkers. He says, "I hear you Irish are a bunch of hard drinkers. I'll give $500 American dollars to anybody in here who can drink 10 pints of Guinness back-to-back." The room is quiet and no one takes up the Texan's offer.
One man even leaves. Thirty minutes later the same gentleman who left shows back up and taps the Texan on the shoulder. "Is your bet still good?", asks the Irishman.
The Texan says yes and asks the bartender to line up 10 pints of Guinness. Immediately the Irishman tears into all 10 of the pint glasses drinking them all back-to-back.
The other pub patrons cheer as the Texan sits in amazement.
The Texan gives the Irishman the $500 and says, "If ya don't mind me askin', where did you go for that 30 minutes you were gone?".
The Irishman replies, "Oh...I had to go to the pub down the street to see if I could do it first".

Please define it (0, Flamebait)

Mike Hawk (687615) | more than 9 years ago | (#10261131)

1, 2, 3, 4 I declare a beer war.

Seeing as how Guiness Draught has the lowest alcohol content of the beers in the cliche joke, and therefore would be the least likely to make me drunk, why would I want to drink it? To avoid jokes from poser beer elitests?

Re:Please define it (2, Insightful)

cephyn (461066) | more than 9 years ago | (#10261157)

the definition of a real beer isn't always about its alcohol content.

now go out and get some chimay.

Re:Please define it (1)

rjstanford (69735) | more than 9 years ago | (#10261160)

If getting drunk is your only reason for drinking, why not just get some grain alchohol in a 2L plastic bottle and drink that?

Re:Please define it (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10261174)

Because it doesn't taste and look like urine? [Yes I know what urine tastes like, so sue me: a bit like Budweiser, only less fucking ricey.]

Re:Please define it (1)

Inthewire (521207) | more than 9 years ago | (#10261192)

This is interesting - the first response advocates Chimay, which I enjoy now and again.
The second advocates grain alcohol, which I consume frequently.

Can't we all just get along?

Re:Please define it (1)

Marxist Hacker 42 (638312) | more than 9 years ago | (#10261214)

The darker the beer, the more good stuff it has in it and the less watered down it is. Beer is NOT about the alcohol- that's just a preservative for the rest of the ingredients. It's also not about the water (sorry Coors). It's about the grains and yeasts and barley. Now if you want the only beer better tha Guiness- go get yourself a bottle of Marmite. It's made from the stuff left over in the bottom of the Guiness barrel...

Re:yes, but define beer... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10261159)

Quite amusing that here you karma-whored your way to a +5 by pointing out [osdn.com] a ripped quote from Bash.org, yet you post a tired, cliched copy and paste joke here.

Re:yes, but define beer... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10261207)

Comments moderated as "Funny" do not positively or negatively affect karma. Why don't you go and read the rules, ok?

The big difference? (0, Offtopic)

mveloso (325617) | more than 9 years ago | (#10261008)

Yes, beer is very much better than running windows under linux? /obligatory

Let the drinking begin! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10261009)

This is the last thing those college boys need to hear.

Related story... (5, Funny)

xsupergr0verx (758121) | more than 9 years ago | (#10261010)

Smashing your head into a wall while taking steroids is as healthy as professional football!

I wonder (0, Flamebait)

Kortec (449574) | more than 9 years ago | (#10261012)

if the Nation of Ireland will be sober enough to celebrate when they hear the news..

Beer Is Liquid Bread (1)

Marxist Hacker 42 (638312) | more than 9 years ago | (#10261013)

It's good for you, We like to drink 'till we spew! OOOH! Who cares if we get fat? I'll drink to that. Oh, what is the malten liquor? What gets you drunker quicker? What comes in bottles or in cans? BEER!

To quote the article in the wrong manner... (2, Funny)

SafarimanPE (628733) | more than 9 years ago | (#10261014)

"how beer helps police..."

And yet... (1, Insightful)

ajiva (156759) | more than 9 years ago | (#10261022)

Of course if you walk for 30 minutes every day, you'll get at least the same benefits if not more.

who comissioned the study. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10261023)

Beer makers say, buy more beer!

Sponsor (1)

MyosinII (769144) | more than 9 years ago | (#10261024)

...this WAS sponsored by the beer companies.

Excellent. (4, Funny)

DrEldarion (114072) | more than 9 years ago | (#10261026)

We can now rest assured that Homer Simpson will be cancer-free.

Stallman's response (2, Funny)

The Clockwork Troll (655321) | more than 9 years ago | (#10261028)

free? as in radicals policed by beer?

Conrimfming thiss study (5, Funny)

I Love this Company! (547598) | more than 9 years ago | (#10261029)

Pfft. Mostt of uzsd hav knonnnw bou)t this fofr yeawrs!!@

ok, I'm outta here! (4, Interesting)

Chuck Bucket (142633) | more than 9 years ago | (#10261031)

Happy hour here I come!

Seriously though, I've always wanted to start drinking a glass of wine or beer with lunch at work. Think about it long term; it would be a health benefit. One beer isn't going to make anyone loopy, and you'd be at your desk or in the kitchen, so you wouldn't be going outside like smokers, plus you'd only do it once a day unlike smokers.

Hmmm...perhaps I should send this article to our HR department...

CB!@#$%^&*

Re:ok, I'm outta here! (1)

xlark (689369) | more than 9 years ago | (#10261163)

The big trouble is having just one.

Re:ok, I'm outta here! (1)

Peyna (14792) | more than 9 years ago | (#10261199)

There has to be somewhere within walking distance that you can get a beer on your lunch break.

What they didn't say... (2, Funny)

SteroidMan (782859) | more than 9 years ago | (#10261033)

1 drink of wine = 1 glass 1 drink of beer = 1 pony keg. I personally prefer the weight of the glass, but some may prefer the durability of the keg. But really a pint of beer vs. a glass of wine is hardly comparable at least from a calorie standpoint.

I love beer but.. (3, Insightful)

RobPiano (471698) | more than 9 years ago | (#10261037)


I think the reason wine drinkers are healthier than beer drinkers remains consistent. Wine has fewer calories, so you don't get as fat. As a general rule, wine drinkers have healthier weights than beer drinkers.

Re:I love beer but.. (1)

lucabrasi999 (585141) | more than 9 years ago | (#10261144)

Here's a comparison [weightloss...rces.co.uk] . If you look at the calories per serving line, you'll see why I skip Wine and Beer and go right to hard liquor (preferably straight up or on the rocks.

Guinness really is good for you (1)

Camel Pilot (78781) | more than 9 years ago | (#10261040)

Cheers [numachi.com]

And wine was already as good as... (1)

BlueTooth (102363) | more than 9 years ago | (#10261045)

Red Grape Juice. I lack propper sources, but apparently red grape juice is just as good with the free radicals as wine was found to be.

At the RNC they used pepper spray and riot gear to police the free radicals. and then they put them in jail, which made them imprisoned radicals...aka the opposite of free.

Re:And wine was already as good as... (2, Funny)

Marxist Hacker 42 (638312) | more than 9 years ago | (#10261069)

Red Grape Juice. I lack propper sources, but apparently red grape juice is just as good with the free radicals as wine was found to be.

That's because Red Grape Juice, when it's 100% juice, is just red wine that's been pasteurized to kill the yeast and boil off the alcohol.

Rationalization to drink! (2, Insightful)

jatencio (536080) | more than 9 years ago | (#10261049)

When I see these studies, I also pause and wonder whether these scientist are trying to rationalize their beer/wine intake. If their wives or husbands get after them for wanting their "one" drink-a-day, they can point to their studies and say that science proves that this is good for me!
Of course, drinking is moderation is good, too much of anything may be harmful. At least that has been my experience. All this article does in reinforce little but of knowledge.
Jonathan

You guessed it. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10261056)

Cue the insults about beer from countries you don't like.

If one beer is good, then... (3, Funny)

punxking (721508) | more than 9 years ago | (#10261058)

'We were very surprised one drink of beer or stout contributed an equal amount of antioxidant benefit as wine"

Further, after about 4 or 5 more beers, who cares!

I raise my mug (1)

mbrewthx (693182) | more than 9 years ago | (#10261066)

In celebration for all of us named Brewer...

Mon - Beer
Tues - wine
Wed - Beer
Thurs - WIne
Fri - Wine with diner - beer with a movie
Sat -Beer all day
Sun - Beer w/football

well... (2, Funny)

schnits0r (633893) | more than 9 years ago | (#10261067)

With beer being healthy for you, and recent studies showed that mice who became under the influence of pot had less cancer growth...I'm glad to say I live a healthy life style.

Well heck! (4, Funny)

Krypto420 (652140) | more than 9 years ago | (#10261073)

I guess that means I'll live to be 100!!! Excuse me while I crack open another cold one!! WooHoo!

Incorrectly worded (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10261078)


how beer helps police harmful free radicals in blood


I think the article meant to say: how beer helps police harm radicals for free

Re:Incorrectly worded (obligatory Simpsons) (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10261119)

Works on Contingency?

No, Money Down!

I thought this has been known... (5, Interesting)

interactive_civilian (205158) | more than 9 years ago | (#10261083)

Several years ago, my grandfather was diagnosed with prostate cancer. Luckily the chemo-therapy beat it down and it hasn't returned.

Anyway, the point is when he was recovering, the doctor asked him about his life-style. My grandfather, a wine-drinker, answered a solid "NO" when asked if he drank beer. The doctor recommended that he change that and start drinking a beer per day.

The doctor was under belief a beer per day would keep the prostate cancer from returning, and it (among other things) seems to have worked. My grandfather celebrated his 80th a few years ago and is still going strong.

Re:I thought this has been known... (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10261201)

Heh. That's probably because beer depresses testosterone levels and fatty tissue promotes oestrogen release, hence causing the prostate to shrink!

It doesn't suprise me (1)

syrrys (738867) | more than 9 years ago | (#10261092)

that there are so few posts on this topic. I bet most /. readers drink Klingon Martinis, (Gin, Vermouth, and a dash of Bloodwine.) I don't know why I know that....but I am ashamed.

And if any university (1)

dupper (470576) | more than 9 years ago | (#10261097)

Is qualified to comment on alcohol, it's Western. /Go Warriors!

but what about the side effects... (1)

DaFallus (805248) | more than 9 years ago | (#10261104)

studies have shown can help prevent the oxidation of blood plasma by toxic-free radicals that trigger many aging diseases, including cancer, diabetes, heart disease and cataracts Its amazing how scientists claim that beer can help prevent cancer, diabetes, and heart disease, but they fail to mention the harmful side effects, such as sclerosis of the liver, beer goggles, and sometimes even the dreaded "whiskey-dick".

Yes! (1)

Dr. Mojura (584120) | more than 9 years ago | (#10261109)

Researchers at The University of Western Ontario have found one drink of beer or wine provides equivalent increases in plasma antioxidant activity, which helps prevent the oxidization of blood plasma by toxic free radicals that trigger many aging diseases, such as cancer, diabetes, heart disease and cataracts.

I'll drink to that!!
(many apologies...)

Now I can tell my wife... (1)

Eric Damron (553630) | more than 9 years ago | (#10261110)

I'm not trying to get drunk! I'm looking after my health damn it!

Thank you Lord !!! (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10261115)

For ONCE. Something actually USEFUL to me here on SlashDot!

I knew it! (1)

blizatrex (697197) | more than 9 years ago | (#10261117)

So Ben Franklin was right; beer is the drink of the gods.

Richard Stallman (1)

raider_red (156642) | more than 9 years ago | (#10261118)

So does this mean that free as in beer can now be almost as good as free as in speech?

Some Good Qualities != Healthy (5, Informative)

TheFlyingGoat (161967) | more than 9 years ago | (#10261127)

It may have as many antioxidants, but it also has a hell of a lot more carbs. If you REALLY want to get a lot of antioxidants, try blueberries instead. All the good stuff, little of the bad.

Proof of God? Franklin thought so. (5, Funny)

Exousia (662698) | more than 9 years ago | (#10261134)

As Benjamin Franklin said, "Beer is proof that there is a God and that He loves us."

I couldn't agree more.

Healty drunk! (1)

Leoric (540150) | more than 9 years ago | (#10261139)

Nice! Now I can drink a bottle of wine and a 6pack of beer, and get drunk the healty way!

Take that! Doc!

Homer says it best (3, Interesting)

whovian (107062) | more than 9 years ago | (#10261152)

"To alcohol! The cause of -- and solution to -- all of life's problems."

This just in... (-1, Troll)

fiannaFailMan (702447) | more than 9 years ago | (#10261161)

A study funded by British Nuclear Fuels today found that men who live near the Sellafield nuclear reprocessing plant in Cumbria have bigger dicks.

Don't forget the psychological effect (1)

Alwin Henseler (640539) | more than 9 years ago | (#10261164)

If you're stressed out, and a beer helps you relax at the end of a day, that stress-removal is a positive health effect in itself.

Many other health benefits (5, Informative)

i0n (33788) | more than 9 years ago | (#10261167)

Beer has a lot more to offer than just antioxidants, especially when you drink unfiltered homebrew/craft beers. For one, there's a ton of fiber (I've heard 5g/12oz quoted (too lazy to confirm)) which is good considering that most of us dont get near the recommended amount (~25g/day I think). Also, unfiltered beer contains a considerable amount of yeast (no, not just on the bottom, suspended too) which has tons of vitamin B12 (ever seen 'brewers yeast' at the health food store). I've heard also that lack of B12 is one of the main causes of hangovers - to this day, I've never had a (bad) hangover drinking my own beer.

threadjack (1)

rawshark (603493) | more than 9 years ago | (#10261168)

so, what do people out there drink?

for my part, I drink beer for the taste, and I am a lightweight (have trouble doing 2 beers in a night) so I tend to go for the upscale stuff: Hitachino White, Unibroue Terrible, and Delirium Tremens

yes ossifer? (2, Funny)

Triumph The Insult C (586706) | more than 9 years ago | (#10261179)

Officer: Sir, I can sense a strong odor of alcohol from you. Are you drunk?
Me: No ossifer, I'm just antioxidizing and dieting, fanks.

Aren't' they giving scientists too much credit (1)

scotay (195240) | more than 9 years ago | (#10261180)

Scientists, after all, have given us heart transplants, hip replacements, penicillin and super balls.

Superballs maybe, but super balls are still in the pipeline, so to speak.

coincidence? I don't think so.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10261182)

The University of Western Ontario has a notorious reputation among Ontario students as being one of the craziest party universities around.

The residences are nearly unregulated, and that combined with the flood of seventeen year olds coming in from the elimination of gr. 13 in Ontario makes for some pretty nasty drinking binges.

Perhaps this had some part in at least the type of 'research' they were doing at Western. I have a feeling that a lot of students volunteered as 'test subjects'.

One beer a day to benefit? (5, Funny)

f8free (779580) | more than 9 years ago | (#10261184)

So if I've already spent four years averaging six beers/day, I need to stay sober for the next twenty years to benefit?

Man, am I glad I didn't go for that post-graduate degree!

you know it! (1)

deviantonline (542095) | more than 9 years ago | (#10261185)

... (Canada)

OBVIOUSLY! :)

Drink Local (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10261188)

All I have to say is find a beer tonight close to you :)

http://www.pubcrawler.com

Soo..... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10261202)

It's now sure, I'll live forever!

Just remember..... (2, Informative)

Meowing (241289) | more than 9 years ago | (#10261205)

It's also been linked to gout, stick to the wine.

woohoo (2, Funny)

panic911 (224370) | more than 9 years ago | (#10261215)

score one for us drunks!

Contradictory as always (2, Insightful)

limegreenman (719290) | more than 9 years ago | (#10261216)

The downer with any sort of epidemiological research like this is that it is hard to conclude much from the results of any one study. There are other studies that show the reverse of this finding (as well as studies with findings more consistent with this). It's only when looking at the aggregate of a whole bunch of research that you can really develop a clearer picture of what's actually happening.

Just the other day I heard a cardiologist arguing that, at least in terms of positive cardiac health, the level where wine becomes more harmful than good was at least two-thirds of a bottle. That's my kind of moderation!!

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