Tag Archives: Alcohol Use

Red wine may reduce men’s blood pressure – but only if it’s non-alcoholic

A new study published in the journal Circulation Research looked at 67 men drinking two glasses of non-alcoholic red wine daily and discovered potential benefits to their heart health. Researchers noticed that polyphenols in the red wine dilate the blood vessels, while the alcohol narrows them. Together, they may cancel out each other’s effects. The findings suggest that non-alcoholic red wine lowers blood pressure enough to reduce the risk of coronary heart disease by 14% and the risk for stroke by 20%. What other ways of controlling blood pressure without medications do you recommend to your patients?

 

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Moderate alcohol use associated with decreased risk of rheumatoid arthritis

A prospective cohort published in the BMJ found that Swedish women who drank three glasses per week of wine, spirits, or beer three times a week for 10 years lowered their risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis by 52%.  Women who drank more than four glasses of alcohol per week lowered the risk by 37%.  A standard glass of alcohol was approximately a pint of beer, 5 ounces of wine or 1.7ounces of liquor. If your patients do not consume alcohol, what other foods contain similar ingredients that may offer health benefits?

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