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Thursday, June 18, 2009

New York Times questions wine health studies


Alcohol’s Good for You? Some Scientists Doubt It.

By now, it is a familiar litany. Study after study suggests that alcohol in moderation may promote heart health and even ward off diabetes and dementia. The evidence is so plentiful that some experts consider moderate drinking — about one drink a day for women, about two for men — a central component of a healthy lifestyle.

But what if it’s all a big mistake?
For some scientists, the question will not go away. No study, these critics say, has ever proved a causal relationship between moderate drinking and lower risk of death — only that the two often go together. It may be that moderate drinking is just something healthy people tend to do, not something that makes people healthy.

See the entire story at http://www.nytimes.com/2009/06/16/health/16alco.html?_r=3&ref=science
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