Friend or Foe?

Health & Nutrition - - WOMEN'S NUTRITION SPECIAL -

Gone are the days when ladies shyly sipped from a glass of red wine at par­ties. With pub-hop­ping be­com­ing an ac­cept­able fea­ture in our so­ci­ety, young and old women are vy­ing with the guys in toss­ing back vod­kas and Bac­ardis. How is all this al­co­hol af­fect­ing their health? On the one hand al­co­hol con­sump­tion has been linked to health prob­lems such as liver dam­age, de­creased cog­ni­tive func­tion, and an in­creased risk of falls. On the other hand, a study pub­lished in the Bri­tish Jour­nal of Can­cer found that peo­ple who con­sumed more than two al­co­holic bev­er­ages per week had a de­creased risk of de­vel­op­ing kid­ney can­cer. And an­other study in The Jour­nal of Neu­ro­science found that mod­er­ate drink­ing (one to two drinks per day) ac­tu­ally im­proved the mem­ory of lab rats.

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