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122 Post author: RomeoStevens 28 February 2014 06:28AM

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Comment author: ancientcampus 10 March 2014 07:39:53PM *  1 point [-]

Very nice article! Regarding the benefits of alcohol: for those curious, it is well established at this point that alcohol is actually protective against arterial plaque; it just has all sorts of other problems. This is just for kicks mostly, but I read a publication that said that for people who have ALL the following criteria:

Male (No women because alcohol increases risk of breast cancer)

45 years Does not smoke No family history of addiction or substance abuse No personal history of addiction or substance abuse "Occasional drinker" (has a couple drinks a month) Never binge drinks No history of liver, pancreatic problems, or several other problems I can't remember

They said it is likely tat 1-2 drinks per day, no more than 2 per day, and no more than 10 per week, will actually increase life expectancy.

Additionally, it's just alcohol in general that helps. Red Wine had no significant impact over other alcohols.

Comment author: John_Maxwell_IV 14 July 2014 02:13:20AM *  2 points [-]

It looks like there is a new meta-analysis that concludes that alcohol is bad for your heart (original paper). (I haven't read it.)