Thursday, February 16, 2012

Beer, Wine, Vodka, Oh My!

"How much alcohol am I allowed to drink?". Ah. My LEAST favorite question.

Let's begin with the following...if you have any of the conditions listed below, it is best that you NOT drink.
     1. Personal or family history of alcoholism
     2. Liver disease
     3. High Triglycerides
     4. Pancreatitis
     5. Heart Failure
     6. Uncontrolled Hypertension (High Blood Pressure)
     7. Pregnancy
     8. Any medications that may interact with alcohol
     9. Your doctor told you that you have a medical problem in which you should not         drink alcohol
    10. If you will be driving or operating heavy machinery while drinking (You knew that one!)
(Thank you, American Heart Association for such easy to understand guidelines!)

Then, there were the rest of you. The recommendations are the following: 1-2 drinks per day for men, and 1 drink per day for women. Now, don't think that you are getting off that easy! I know you are thinking.."Hmm..well then I'll have a GLASS of vodka!" Nice try! A "drink" is quite clearly defined as follows..12 oz beer, 4 oz of wine, 1.5 oz of 80-proof spirit or 1 oz of 100-proof spirit. For those of you who need a ya go.

Next question..."Is one type of alcohol better than another?" can get similar pre-measured
glasses at FG Bradley's
This is  a toughie. I'd say statistically, no. HOWEVER, there are small studies showing that people who consume moderate amounts (refer to above) of RED wine have better cardiovascular health because of the benefit of an increased HDL (remember, I taught you all about that already!). So, in my humble opinion, if I had to choose, I'd drink the red wine. Too bad I don't like it..:-/

Next..and my favorite question of all time...."If I don't drink all week, can I save them up and have 7 drinks in one night?" I'm not kidding, I really get asked this. And the answer is a big...NO! Binge drinking is out of the question..sorry!

Finally, let me say that I am in no means advocating the use of alcohol. There are far better means of increasing your HDL than by drinking red wine (exercise, anyone?). However, I thought it would be nice to provide everyone with the facts!

1 comment:

  1. Great Post, thanks for the info...and keep them coming!