When it comes to research trends, watercooler statistics and popular factoids are ever-changing. In an age where Google has been adopted as a verb, and arguments are settled over what Snopes says, it would help to know what the most up-to-date and factual information is concerning alcohol.
Alcohol use trends
According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), a standard drink equals 12 ounces of beer, 8 ounces of malt liquor, 5 ounces of wine or 1.5 ounces of distilled spirits. NIAAA also reports:
Is moderate drinking good for you?
It was said butter was good for you, then margarine was better, and then back again. Too many eggs was supposed to be bad for cholesterol, but now nutritionists argue whether eggs are the secret to good cholesterol. Often the layperson gets so confused, he or she will throw the baby out with the bathwater or haphazardly pick a side.
In the last few years studies have suggested alcohol, in moderation, may be good for longevity. Some studies even specified three to five alcoholic beverages a week could lower the risk of heart failure or heart attacks.
This widely spread hypothesis has recently been dispelled as a series of gross overestimations. Tim Stockwell, Ph.D., with the Centre for Addictions Research at the University of Victoria, Canada, gathered a team of colleagues to analyze 87 such studies.
The team exposed a number of flaws in the beneficial alcohol studies’ constructs.
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