What are the effects of drinking alcohol on your heart, and Is drinking alcohol even in moderation good for your heart or health? The narrative is constantly changing and I’m sure many people are confused.
There are some studies that suggest that drinking a glass of wine is good for the heart. But those studies have recently been contradicted by the World Health Federation as of January 20th, 2022.
We all know that excessive alcohol is harmful to your health as that’s an easy conclusion for most of us. But can drinking alcohol within moderation improve our health?
The signs don’t look so positive…
According to The World Heart Federation it says health problems associated with alcohol are:
- Coronary disease
- High Blood Pressure
- Several Types of Cancer
- Aortic aneurysm
Who is the World Heart Federation? They are a Geneva-based health advocacy organization that represents hundreds of heart associations worldwide. It released a new policy brief titled “The Impact of Alcohol Consumption on Cardiovascular Health”. The policy brief report that was released dated January 20th revealed that any amount of alcohol not just heavy drinking leads to loss of healthy life. And it revealed no amount of alcohol is good for the heart.
Cardiovascular disease is still the leading cause of death in the world. In 2019 according to the World Heart Federation there were 2.4 million deaths, and a majority was alcohol-related complications. The World Heart Federation had called for a 10% relative reduction in the per-capita use of alcohol between 2013 and 2020.
While the World Heart Federation says no alcohol is good for your health, the American Heart Association has a more moderate approach by saying that moderation is key when it comes to alcohol. Their moderation metric is no more than one drink a day for women and no more than two drinks a day for men.
A different perspective?
Dr Mariell Jessup the Chief Science and Medical Officer to the American Heart Association told CNN, “If one doesn’t drink alcohol do not start and if one does drink alcohol limit alcohol intake”
If you look at the extra weight gain from drinking two glasses of beer or two glasses of wine per day, it should will make you question if you should drink or not. Especially if you’re on diet or mindful path to managing your weight. Two 12oz beers are anywhere from 280-382 calories. Two 12oz wines are anywhere from 350-364 calories. That’s a lot of excess calories you can avoid just by not drinking. Replace that with water if you really want to be healthy and the wonderful thing about water is ZERO CALORIES and it will fill you up quickly.
The bottom line is if you’re going to drink alcohol – do it in moderation so it doesn’t negatively impact your health. Our personal wellbeing and wellness is predicated on our daily lifestyle habits so minimizing alcohol or not drinking it will always be the safest best for the success of your personal health.
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