Friday, 6 June 2008
Ah, wine. A favourite drink of so many people. Many drink it often, some seldom touch it. Nevertheless, we're getting a very mixed message about what is good and what is bad for us right now regarding this drink.
A few weeks ago I remember seeing a report that said that drinking 5 glasses of wine or more a week meant that you were increasing your risk of heart disease, liver cancer, cirrhosis etc. by about 50% (or something quite dramatic like that). So, imagine my surprise when just yesterday I saw on the same news program that 5 glasses of wine a week can dramatically reduce your chances of getting rheumatoid arthritis?
This is just typical! Instead of giving us a straight message about what's good for us and what's bad for us, we're being bombarded with mixed messages. Maybe these scientists just like to mess with our heads, seeing our reactions and laughing when we have dumbstruck faces.
Maybe we shouldn't be put off drinking in moderation. Perhaps two and a half glasses of wine a week will mean that we're both reducing our risk of R.A. while only increasing our chances of other diseases by 25%. How about we just stop drinking altogether. It might make all of these health warnings easier to digest!