A very large number of studies have clearly shown that moderate alcohol intake is associated with a significant reduction in coronary heart disease and premature mortality. Regular consumption of small quantities of red wine seems particularly beneficial, in particular because of a lower risk of several cancers observed in wine drinkers.
A study reports that moderate alcohol consumption (1-14 drinks per week) reduces activity in the amygdala, the region of the brain involved in the stress response. The resulting reduction in chronic stress is associated with a reduction in the risk of cardiovascular events.
This is an updated version of an article originally published in 2018 Even though alcohol has been a daily part of human existence for millennia, the substance is far from innocuous and in fact has very complex effects on health. This complexity is well illustrated by the J-shaped relationship between the quantity of alcohol consumed […]