I (heart) Science (and Booze)
Science. Is there anything it can’t do?
Science gives us medicine, and lasers, and glimpses of distant galaxies. It gives us computers, monkey sex, and Bill Nye. And now? Now it has given me an excuse — nay, encouragement — to drink alcohol.
As I’m sure you’ve all noticed, every week brings a new “good” food that actually causes cancer and a new “bad” food that actually cures herpes. These reports are often grabbed by a hungry (so to speak) media and exaggerated for optimal consumer consumption (as they say). “Breaking News: Black Coffee Saves Children From Burning Orphanage.”
So it is with alcohol. The beneficial effects of alcohol have been known (or suspected) for a long time now. Here’s a good overview of all the reasons why it’s better to knock back a few every now and again as opposed to always being the designated driver.
A great big study recently published in the British Medical Journal attempts to shed some more light on exactly what is happening with the whole alcohol/health thing. More than 50,000 Danes took part in the survey, which examined certain lifestyle choices and tried find a correlation with cases of coronary heart disease. It looks as though they found that with men, frequency of drinking was important (apparently they knew this already, but it was news to me so I’m telling you) — men who drank more frequently tended to be healthier when it comes to heart disease. Yowzers.
With women, frequency wasn’t as big a deal as overall quantity. This is fantastic news for me, since I tend to not drink at all from, say, Sunday through Thursday. Apparently I’m doing the smart thing by catching up Friday and Saturday.
Oh, look at that — is it Friday already? Excuse me, I have to tend to my long-term health.
Thanks to Dave for the tip-off!