I have heard that beer and wine, consumed in moderation, are even good for your health. That’s right? If so, how often can I take them?

Indeed, numerous clinical studies suggest that moderate consumption of wine and beer has beneficial effects on health. Arthrosclerosis is currently considered a low-grade inflammatory disease of the artery walls, which can be relieved by moderate consumption of wine and beer. Regarding the quantities, the two daily glasses of wine should not be exceeded in men and one in women. If this dose is exceeded, alcohol exerts its toxic effects, the potential benefit disappearing.

The overall food pattern of moderate beer consumers is also closer to the Mediterranean diet than that of non-consumers of this fermented beverage.

A beer, wine or cava consumption corresponds to a UBE or Standard Beverage Unit, while a distillate consumption (whiskey, brandy, anise and gin) contains two UBE. Reasonable consumption limits must be placed below 4 EBU (less than 4 daily wine or beer drinks) for men and 2 EBU for women.

In summary, epidemiological studies have found an association between moderate consumption of alcoholic beverages and a lower risk of mortality from cardiovascular disease. It seems that a moderate intake of alcohol, below 30 grams (3 UBE) per day, has a beneficial effect on cholesterol, increasing its protective or good fraction, which is known as CHD. Above this amount, alcohol cannot be metabolized properly and causes serious damage to the liver and other body tissues, especially the brain and heart. It also acts as a carcinogen and causes serious psychosocial pathologies.

Dr. Joseph Perez. Clinical Hospital of Z Rehab Center

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