1. After a heart attack, drink up!

    Forget the PC nonsense -- moderate drinking is a HEALTHY habit, and a beer or two at the end of each day can actually protect your heart.

    It's been proven time and again. But drinkers who suffer a heart attack often quit because they've been told by teetotaling know-it-alls to change their habits, or else.

    Turns out those know-it-alls are really just know-nothings (as usual).

    The latest research shows their advice to quit drinking after a heart attack isn't just wrong... it's DEAD wrong, because moderate drinkers who keep at it are actually more likely to survive their recovery and have a better long-term prognosis than nondrinkers.

    Raise your glass to Harvard Medical School for this one, because their report in the European Heart Journal on 2,000 men who had heart attacks finds that these moderate drinkers are 42 percent less likely to die of heart disease and 14 percent less likely to die of any cause than teetotalers.

    I know you've probably heard that wine is the best booze for your heart, supposedly because of resveratrol and other antioxidants.

    Truth is, it's the alcohol itself that gives off the benefit, because studies have shown that everything from beer to booze has the same effect on the heart -- as long as the habit is a moderate one.

    So next time you hear some know-nothing uncork an anti-booze lecture, lecture back -- because along with heart benefits, a moderate drinking habit can help protect against stroke, diabetes, dementia, and more.

    Plus, a stiff drink at the end of the day is one of life's great pleasures -- and you don't have to let anyone take it away from you.

  2. Booze for the brain

    My favorite "B" vitamin is back in the headlines as a new study confirms that "vitamin booze" is just about the best preservative for brain cells around.

    Was there really any doubt?

    Researchers looked at data on some 365,000 patients who took part in 143 studies published since 1977 and found that a moderate drinking habit can slash the risk of Alzheimer's disease, dementia, and other forms of cognitive impairment by 23 percent.

    There's not a drug in the world that can make that claim -- so you'd think that right about now researchers would finally come to their senses and recommend that nondrinkers start drinking.

    "We don't recommend that nondrinkers start drinking," Edward J. Neafsey, one of the authors of the new study, said in a news release.

    What are these people so afraid of? Drinking is one of the greatest inventions in the history of civilization.

    In fact, the need to harvest grains to make booze appears to be have been the very reason for the creation of civilization -- yet today's namby-pamby docs just refuse to tell people it's OK to go ahead and have a drink or two a day.

    Lighten up already!

    Ignore them and listen to me instead. In addition to the numerous brain benefits, vitamin booze has been shown to protect the heart, lower stress, and help you live longer, too.

    Drinkers are even smarter, which should tell you everything you need to know about the teetotalers.

    If you really want to supercharge your gray matter, don't forget the rest of the B vitamins: B6, B12, and folic acid have been shown to slow the brain shrinkage associated with cognitive impairment.

    I recommend washing them down with an ice, cold beer.

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