It used to be that an apple a day kept the doctor away, but now it's a bottle of wine, any wine. Sounds like more fun than an apple. According to the Telegraph, "Drinking up to a bottle of wine a day cuts the risk of developing heart disease in men by half, controversial new research has found." Do you know what's wrong with that statement and with the study?
As with most "studies", one must look at what the study actually says and also at who conducted the study and how it was conducted. The study concluded that:
Drinking anything between a quarter of a glass of wine up to a bottle a day reduces the risk of heart disease.
There's a big difference in a quarter of a glass and a bottle. Does drinking a full bottle increase your benefits? Nope.
Experts warned that the protective effect against heart disease did not get bigger the more people drank but the risk of cancer, accidents, mental health problems and liver cirrhosis do increase with high consumption.
The protective effect did not increase significantly the more people drank and those with the highest consumption,11 units or more – the equivalent to over one bottle of red wine a day – still had a 50 per cent lower chance of heart disease.
Where was the study, which included 41,000 people between the ages of 29 and 69, conducted?
The study, published in the journal Heart, was conducted in Spain, one of the world's largest producers of wine but with one of the lowest death rates from heart disease.
That must have been one fun study, where do we sign up?
The effects were seen for all forms of alcohol and were not limited to red wine, which previous research has suggested was especially protective for the heart because of substances in the skins of red grapes.
Now that I have informed you of this most worthy information, I'm going to get me a margarita and keep my heart healthy. Cheers!