July 14, 2014
Study: No Heart Benefit From Moderate Alcohol

Analysis of 50 studies finds no heart benefit from moderate alcohol consumption.

PHILADELPHIA Reducing the amount of alcoholic beverages consumed, even for light-to-moderate drinkers, may improve cardiovascular health, including a reduced risk of coronary heart disease, lower body mass index (BMI) and blood pressure, according to a new multi-center study published in The BMJ and co-led by the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. The latest findings call into question previous studies which suggest that consuming light-to-moderate amounts of alcohol (0.6-0.8 fluid ounces/day) may have a protective effect on cardiovascular health.

The new research reviewed evidence from more than 50 studies that linked drinking habits and cardiovascular health for over 260,000 people. Researchers found that individuals who carry a specific gene which typically leads to lower alcohol consumption over time have, on average, superior cardiovascular health records. Specifically, the results show that individuals who consume 17 percent less alcohol per week have on average a 10 percent reduced risk of coronary heart disease, lower blood pressure and a lower body mass inde

What we really need for our health: time travel. Travel a few decades into the future to get stem cell therapies, gene therapies, and injections of nanobot repair machines. Get replacement organs that are very young. Get all precancerous cells wiped out. Then get back a time machine and come back to the present in a fully rejuvenated body.

Share |      Randall Parker, 2014 July 14 10:02 PM 

veriti said at July 15, 2014 7:17 PM:

No, no. I don't need to come back. I just stay there and enjoy it.

Halotek(aaron) said at July 16, 2014 10:15 AM:

randall, can you make sense of the .6/.8 fluid ounces a day? Maybe my math is off but isn't 1 beer 12 fluid ounces. .6 fluid ounces a day wouldn't even be 1 beer all week seems super duper low. maybe one needs a little more alcohol to show benefit.

Placebo said at July 16, 2014 1:29 PM:


I think they mean 0.6 fl oz of 100% alcohol = 12 fl oz beer * 5% alcohol

tgmoderator said at July 17, 2014 6:11 PM:

I think I'd prefer to come back to 1947 with a rejuvenated body, a box of gold, and a record of stock performance for the 1950's. Fantasy aside--do you think we will get all these technologies in the next fifty years. It seems that the pace of progress has slowed. Aerospace has gone backwards from the Apollo days. Perhaps bio-tech will stagnate as well?

Ronald Brak said at July 19, 2014 7:35 PM:

Aerospace has gone backwards? I can fly halfway across Australia and the plane ticket can cost less than the taxi trip at either end. Either areospace has come a long way since the early seventies or our taxis have really gone backwards.

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