Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Moderate alcohol consumption generates significant life extending benefits - California DUI news

California drunk driving lawyer news:

July 12, 2007

The Archives of Internal Medicine claims moderate drinking may lengthen life while excessive drinking may shorten it.

The study is based on a survey of 34 large studies analyzing data from more than 1,000,000 people and 94,000 deaths.

The study defined moderate drinking as drinking up to four drinks a day for men and two drinks a day for women. The study concluded such moderate drinking was found to reduce the risk of death from any cause by about 18%.

But data suggests that when these standards are exceeded, Dr. Augusto Di Castelnuevo, from Catholic University of Campobasso, states “things radically change.” The reason for the different number of drinks between men and women has to do with the manner in which alcohol is metabolized.

Women, who drink two alcoholic beverages, experience the same effects from alcohol as men who drink four. This discrepancy also led the scientists to determine that women who drink more than two drinks a day run a higher chance of liver disease and cancer.

The study concluded that drinking small amounts of alcohol during meals reaped the most significant health benefits. This conclusion was in keeping with other scientific studies indicating that the “Mediterranean Diet” was healthy.

The ultimate finding was that small amounts of alcohol generate significant life extending benefits.

So a moderate amount of alcohol consumed before driving may be both legal ( and not cause a California DUI or California Drunk Driving ) and generate life extension prospects.