Friday, 6 June 2008

Baffled


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!

5 comments:

Brett said...

Ahhhh!!! Wine.

Faizal said...

You live in England right? Can I know which part? Just want to know. :)

Tina said...

yes Scarlet tell me which part of England do you live in my little JJ superstar friend!? :)

theres no way i could stop drinking! i would rather just live my life, than have to cut all drink out and live an extra 10 years!

not that im an alcoholic or anything... well maybe just a little bit!!!

ciao x

phd in yogurtry said...

maybe it depends on who is funding the study. sadly, we have to think about that.

but you are right, it IS confusing. It seems to me, we hear more about 1 drink per day is good for the heart. Which of course is the same as seven drinks on the weekend is good for the heart, right? That's my story and I'm sticking to it.

Reluctant Blogger said...

I think that a little of what you like. So I guess it all comes down to the definition of "a little". In my opinion, in relation to red wine, "a little" is roughly half a bottle each day!!!

I love wine. One month each year I go without alcohol just to prove that I can!

Thanks for visiting my blog by the way!!