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Sobering Statistics

March 2, 2009

red_wineI don’t know about you but I enjoy a glass of red wine and yes, I really look forward to that time of day… somewhere around 7pm…. when I perform the simple ritual that signifies the end of the working day and time to unwind. Even that wonderful glugging sound as it’s being poured is enough to release a few happy endorphins into my system….aah…lovely.

So you can imagine how upset I was to read the results of a new study which revealed that for women over 50 even drinking moderate amounts of alcohol can have health consequences.

It has to be said that I’m feeling more than just a little confused here! Do you remember a few years ago when research indicated that a glass of red wine a day was actually beneficial?  I decided to switch from drinking white wine to red wine as a result of that piece of research but this time I’m really unsure of how I should respond.

So which is it… good or bad….or good for the heart but bad for cancer? Quite frankly, I really don’t know any more. But what I DO know is that trying to make some serious decisions based on contradictory and confusing evidence is enough to drive a woman drink.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. IGrewUp permalink
    March 16, 2009 4:29 pm

    Please! Forget the “studies” and hang around Italians for a bit-everything in moderation and it’s all good!
    P.S. My “time” is 5:30 and just the sound of the wine compartment on the fridge door clicking open gets me going;)

    • midlifematters permalink*
      March 16, 2009 4:57 pm

      What studies? Cheers…. or should I say, Salute!

  2. March 23, 2009 7:29 pm

    Sobering Stats!

    Not wishing to be too contraversial ….just yet…..but don’t you think that we are all subjected to too much ‘fear factor’ stats. over and over again?

    I like to have a glass of red wine too after a frustrating day at work. I have actually found that it helps the circulation, but of course I do not glugg down a bottle or two and go marauding around the streets legless! and looking for trouble – no just a little of the juice of the grape to ease the strain of the day and relax the muscles before dinner.

    Everything in moderation is the way to go. Don’t use drink or food as substitute for problem solving – it doesn’t work and creates yet another problem.

    • midlifematters permalink*
      March 24, 2009 9:58 am

      I tend to agree about the ‘fear factor’ and we all know that statistics can be used to ‘prove’ almost anything… but conflicting information doesn’t make it easy to make an informed choice when trying to take responsibility for our own health. All of which leads me to agree with you Elaine that all things in moderation IS the best way to go….. although the part of me that enjoys an occassional bit of excess isn’t quite so sure!

      P.S. Nothing wrong with being contraversial!

  3. May 12, 2009 3:34 pm

    Over recent years there has been a great deal of conflicting evidence and advice distributed by medical researchers. Most of the research is narrow in scope and its reporting is subjective and sometimes alarmist. The fear factor often is used as at the moment, we really do not have any definitive guidelines. Rgds Vince

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