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Are there any science prooved benefits of drinking alcohol?
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Dr. Michio Abe
Internal Medicine
8 doctors agree
In brief: May increase HDL
Moderate alcohol use may increase HDL (good cholesterol), which may help lower the risk of heart disease.
But too much alcohol can increase triglycerides, which would increase the risk of heart disease. The key is to drink in moderation. If you currently don't drink, don't start drinking for the possible health benefits. The moderate alcohol use is 1-2 drinks/day for men and 1 drink/day for women.

In brief: May increase HDL
Moderate alcohol use may increase HDL (good cholesterol), which may help lower the risk of heart disease.
But too much alcohol can increase triglycerides, which would increase the risk of heart disease. The key is to drink in moderation. If you currently don't drink, don't start drinking for the possible health benefits. The moderate alcohol use is 1-2 drinks/day for men and 1 drink/day for women.
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Dr. K. Olson
Psychiatry
5 doctors agree
In brief: Alcohol dangers
It tends to disrupt sleep - not normal architecture - and thus is more non-resorative.
This may not only be for the night you drink but metabolites may affect quality of sleep the second night even though no alcohol ingested. Alcohol can undermine the efficacy of medications and when combined with antidepressants can cause a "double-dipper" phenomenon. Alcohol levels surge, antidepressant drop.

In brief: Alcohol dangers
It tends to disrupt sleep - not normal architecture - and thus is more non-resorative.
This may not only be for the night you drink but metabolites may affect quality of sleep the second night even though no alcohol ingested. Alcohol can undermine the efficacy of medications and when combined with antidepressants can cause a "double-dipper" phenomenon. Alcohol levels surge, antidepressant drop.
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Dr. Donald Hazlett
There are some studies that suggest red wine at a rate of one glass (four to six ounces) once a day is cardiac helpful. The dangers of drinking, especially with a family history or personal history of alcohol abuse will outweigh any cardiac benefits in that circumstance.
Dr. Ravi Srivastava
Addiction Medicine
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Yes, but marginal
The research studies that show benefits of drinking alcohol are to be viewed with caution.
First of all it is not valid for habitual users or people with a predisposition for addiction. This creates a dilemma... You become and addict if you are using alcohol daily. The daily use increases the 'tolerance' for alcohol... I.E. You need higher amounts of alcohol for the same effect.

In brief: Yes, but marginal
The research studies that show benefits of drinking alcohol are to be viewed with caution.
First of all it is not valid for habitual users or people with a predisposition for addiction. This creates a dilemma... You become and addict if you are using alcohol daily. The daily use increases the 'tolerance' for alcohol... I.E. You need higher amounts of alcohol for the same effect.
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