Inspired by a recent post about The Word of Wisdom by a writer who has a site dedicated to the subject, I thought to reprint about alcohol consumption. It didn’t get the deserved attention considering the implications. The quotes come from a Yahoo story that is no longer available. The link has similar conclusions.
Part of the Word of Wisdom dealing with alcohol consumption was supposed to have been put into question by studies. Every few months, it seemed, a new study would come out stating that moderate drinking of wine or dark beer helped with this or that health concern. Not so fast, says another study, because there can be more harm than good:
Experts with the American Cancer Society and the American Heart Association say that though these studies do show some benefits to moderate drinking, the health risks from alcohol consumption far outweigh the potential rewards.
The reason for the warning is that it may prevent some kinds of cancers and heart problems, but it can cause other cancers:
Drinking any alcohol at all is known to increase your risk for contracting a number of types of cancer, said Susan Gapstur, vice president of epidemiology for the American Cancer Society. These include cancers of the mouth, pharynx, larynx, esophagus, liver, colon/rectum and breast.
It also causes, as has been known, liver damage. However, all the benefits that do exist can be had by fresh fruits and vegetables:
For example, people can get resveratrol — the antioxidant found in red wine that’s believed to provide most of the drink’s health benefits — from drinking grape juice just as well as from drinking wine, Mieres said.
Those who have produced the study seem to be trying to have it both ways, extolling drinking in moderation even when they claim that is harmful. As for the moderation, having one drink or two drinks a day is the recommended. Known patterns of drinking don’t follow that very well. Other studies have shown that binge drinking, especially for the young, or having more than the above recommended glasses a day is far more likely.
Caution is still recommended with this study. Reports on doctors’ and scientists’ findings have a habit of discovering competing studies. For the moment, the health prescription from the Lord seems safe enough to continue following.