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General health: beneficial

September 22, 2009

Source: French High Council for Public Health (HCSP)

France’s most senior health body has ruled in favour of moderate wine drinking – flying in the face of previous official advice that any form of alcohol consumption is a serious health risk.

The High Council for Public Health (HCSP) has officially disowned the conclusions of a study released earlier this year by the French health ministry’s National Cancer Institute (INCA).

This warned that drinking even small daily amounts of wine significantly increased a person’s risk of developing cancer, and for certain types by as much as 168%.

August 28, 2009

Source: The Daily Telegraph http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/6101166/Teetotallers-suffer-higher-levels-of-depression-than-drinkers.html

Teetotallers suffer higher levels of depression than drinkers, claims new research. Those who abstain from alcohol are also more likely to lack social skills and have higher levels of anxiety, it was claimed.

Non-drinkers even have more mental health issues than those considered heavy drinkers, the survey found.

Scientists found that the happiest people were drinkers who averaged two glasses of wine, a bottle of beer, or a shot of spirits a week.

“We see that this group is less socially well-adjusted than other groups,” said research leader Dr Eystein Stordal, from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology.

“Generally when people are with friends, it is more acceptable in Western societies to drink than not to drink.”

The scientists questioned almost 40,000 Norwegians about their physical and mental health and typical alcohol consumption over a two-week period.

August 11, 2008

Source: The Guardian

UK crime writer John Mortimer says a glass of Champagne every morning is the secret to a long life.

The 85-year-old novelist, revealed his drinking habits to UK broadsheet The Guardian at the weekend. ‘I stick to Champagne – not very grand Champagne,’ he said. ‘I drink it every morning, and that is the secret of a long life.’

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