moderate drinkers

  1. New push to limit booze

    A stiff drink at the end of a long day is one of life's greatest pleasures -- so naturally, some people are trying to rob you of it.

    They just never stop, do they?

    The latest assault on booze comes from Britain's Royal College of Physicians, which is begging the government to urge people to never, ever drink two days in a row.

    It doesn't matter if you've had the tiniest sip of Beefeater or an entire pint of bitter -- if you've knocked one back on Monday, they want you to knock it off on Tuesday... or at least avoid drinking for three days a week.

    The group says the liver needs at least that much time to recover from even the slightest exposure to alcohol -- a bizarre claim that isn't backed by a single realistic study.

    A 1993 study out of Finland, for example, found you can gulp down between three or four drinks every day of the course of an entire life without boosting your liver risk.

    Heck, if you've ever taken a close-up look at the organ, you'd see it was practically custom-made to process and metabolize alcohol -- which is precisely why a moderate habit won't do a bit of damage to a healthy liver.

    And while those daily drinks won't harm your liver, they can do so much more for the rest of your body: Moderate drinkers have a lower risk of heart disease, dementia, stroke and diabetes. They're smarter, richer and live longer too.

    Miss out three days a week, and you might miss out on that -- so drink up.

  2. Keep drinking after your heart scare

    You've just survived a heart attack -- what do you do next?

    Pour yourself a stiff drink!

    It's not just the best way to toast your victory over death -- it can also help you live longer and better, because a new study finds that drinkers who keep hitting the bottle after a heart attack do better than those who quit.

    Researchers looked at data on 325 moderate drinkers who survived heart attacks at 19 U.S. hospitals, and found that 16 percent of them quit drinking after their cardiac scare.

    But like prohibition, it was a bad move -- because a year later, those who never quit the bottle had higher physical functioning. They were better able to carry out basic tasks like climbing stairs and carrying their own groceries -- including a good six-pack, I imagine.

    And three years later, the drinkers had fewer trips to the hospital and a lower overall death rate than those who quit, according to the study published in the American Journal of Cardiology.

    Of course, none of this should come as a surprise to anyone, except for the naysaying teetotalers -- because unless you're a hopeless alkie, booze didn't cause your heart attack in the first place.

    In fact, a healthy moderate drinking habit probably helped delay your date with fate for years.

    After all, booze and good health go together like gin and tonic: Repeated studies have found that moderate drinkers are healthier, live longer and have a much lower risk of heart problems.

    So remember liquor, beer and wine are fine -- and brandy's dandy -- even after a heart scare. Look into that bottle and you might find a few extra years in there... and a way to enjoy them, too.

  3. Boozers live better

    A new study finds that we moderate drinkers are much less likely to experience anxiety and depression than those sad-sack non-drinkers.

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