Friend or Foe?
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.