So I came across this article a few days ago and it got me thinking. Yes, it’s an article from the UK, but it still applies. We’ve all heard people saying that a glass of red wine a day is good for the heart and prevents some kinds of cancer. A new article just came out, quoting a retired Finnish professor, Kari Poikolainen. The professor said that upon his findings, more than a bottle of wine a day is dangerous.
So he says drink away?
He also says that “UK guidelines are therefore too stringent, as the government currently recommends a maximum of one large glass of wine for women (2-3 units), and slightly more for men (3-4 units), per day.”
Holy cow! Bring me some wine because it’s obviously ok for me to drink it, right?
This is when things get a bit sketchy, according to the article, Professor Poikolainen has looked at “decades of evidence” to draw these conclusions.
But, he doesn’t mention any of the evidence. He hasn’t published it and nobody knows where it is. All of the things he is saying goes against alcohol guidance from governments and public health scientists.
Lets swing over to WebMD.com real quick. They actually give great advice when you’re not trying to diagnose yourself with brain cancer because of a headache.
“There is a misperception that red wine is abundant in antioxidants. “It does contain some, but they are not always well absorbed. If you want antioxidants, you are better off eating a spinach salad with vegetables than drinking a glass of red wine,” Rimm tells WebMD.”
You can read the rest here: http://www.webmd.com/food-recipes/features/wine-how-much-is-good-for-you
So, what’s going on here? Is this an old man trying to make you believe that just because you drink a lot you’re not an alcoholic? It’s looking like it. I need the evidence here, sir!
Apparently the government has been getting a bad rep for being too harsh on drinking restrictions.
“The Royal College of Physicians has written to the government suggesting that guidelines should reflect recent evidence suggesting that frequency of drinking is important in disease risk, rather than simply quantity per day. The recommended daily limits seem to be based on rather old evidence, and a more nuanced guide to alcohol consumption might be more informative to consumers wanting to monitor their drinking.”
More people are drinking and it’s hard to find someone who doesn’t like to let loose and drink a little or a lot. I’d like some new findings and new information that is actually presented and proved true.
I’ll leave you with this little bit of news from published findings,
“Poikolainen has mentioned, in published research, that drinking is related to mortality in what is known as a J-shaped curve; those who drink a small amount are at lower risk of death and illness than those who drink nothing, but the risk rapidly rises in those who drink a lot.”
Interesting, but I want to see the findings here.