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Government Guidelines On Alcohol Consumption
Blood Alcohol Level: Currently in the US it is 0.08 % (in all states). In countries like Mali, Pakistan, United Arab Emirates (UAE) or Saudi Arabia it is 0.00 by Muslim Law. The only countries I could find with a higher Blood alcohol content % were Cyprus at 0.09 (but it is changing to 0.05) & Swaziland. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Alcohol is available in many beverages, from beer and wine to the more potent distilled spirits, such as gin, rye, and whiskey. There appear to be at least small health benefits of small amounts of alcohol use (fewer than five drinks per week), especially of red wine Excessive alcohol use can lead to addiction and severe social and physical complications. Excess long term alcohol use is the most common cause of cirrhosis of the ...Read more
Some positive effect: A study published last summer in the journal pediatrics concludes that laws strictly curbing school sales of junk food and sweetened drinks may play a role in slowing childhood obesity. Students exposed to strong laws at baseline gained less weight and were less likely to remain overweight or obese over time than students in states with no laws. ...Read more
Partially it is.: Some people will naturally have a higher tolerence for alcohol, factors such as family history of alcoholism, certain ethnic groups may have a higher or lower tolerence. People do metabolize alcohol at different rates. Also people who tend to drink excessivly just become more tolerant to alcohols effects more than people who don't, becoming more tolerant is a risk factor for alcoholism. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I'm legally allowed to consume alcohol in my state in private premises. Is occasional wine unhealthy?
I believe it's risky: Becoming comfortable with drinking at a young age & having access to cars & trucks poses a HUGE risk of problems to you & others. The risk is also very real that "occasional" will become "frequent" which will lead to "out of control." And trust me when I say no person on the planet who is "out of control" ever thought it could happen to them. "Occasional" is how it always begins. Hope this helps. ...Read more
Yes: Alcohol becomes abuse when it starts affecting your life negatively:if you having problems at work or showing up late or missing work; if it is making you fight with others or causing problems in your relationship; if you have legal problems from drinking; if you find yourself "sneaking" alcohol or hiding how much you use from other people. ...Read more
What amount of alcohol consumption is beneficial? Doesn't any amount of alcohol consumption kill brain cells?
Smoking and HRT.: Smoking and HRT are very bad together, greatly increasing the risks of cardiovascular side effects, like blood clots and strokes. Alcohol in large quantities, both primarily and secondarily, can have some estrogenic effects which could impact those also taking HRT, too. Smoking is dangerous enough just by itself. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
To what extent are studies that show health benefits due to low-moderate alcohol consumption supported?
See below: Several studies show this but they are retrospective studies. It would be equally valid to conclude that healthy people allow themselves to drink moderately while chronically ill persons do not because it worsens their illness. ...Read more
YES but...: GMO foods are approved by the FDA before being sold for human consumption. See http://www.fda.gov/food/foodscienceresearch/biotechnology/ucm346030.htm However, I feel the FDA has been derelict in its duty to protect consumers by ignoring evidence that GMO foods may be harmful. Many high-ranking FDA officials have worked for Monsanto- see http://tinyurl.com/ao96zvp and http://tinyurl.com/pkh43g3 ...Read more
Drink 8 ounces (1.5 glasses) of red wine daily for health benefits per medical studies. Can the long-term effects of this cause fatty liver?
Perhaps: depends on individual and other factors. 8 ounces daily is somewhat "generous" re: health benefits of wine. ...Read more
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