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Wine drinkers live longer than beer guzzlers


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#1 Tormod

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Posted 01 February 2005 - 05:56 AM

A recent article in the Journal of Thrombosis and Haemostasis determined that drinkers of wine benefit from its cardio-protective effects, more so than those who drink beer or other spirits, and may also live longer.

The article is part of a series of papers published in an open forum on wine, alcohol and cardiovascular risk. The analysis, encompassing various international studies, further confirms the agreement among researchers that any alcohol, in light to moderate intake, puts drinkers at lower risk for cardiovascular disease and death than non-drinkers. "It is also known from a number of studies that wine drinkers in many cultures are from a higher socio-economic status and have a better diet than non-wine drinkers," states Professor Morten Grønbæk, author of the article. This may be an important factor adding to the beneficial results of wine intake. The French are noted to have a relatively low rate of cardiovascular disease, despite high smoking rates and a typical high fat diet. The fact that the French consume more wine than Americans, for example, is a probable reason to explain this so-called paradox.

According to the article, substances in wine have been shown to share the characteristics of ethanol, which can help to prevent blood clotting, in addition to cardio-protective effects. Additional data revealed benefits from wine with regard to mortality from cancer, over other alcoholic beverages. Further evidence show that the disease fighting antioxidants present in fruit and vegetables, are also present in wine.


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Posted 01 February 2005 - 06:32 AM

I'm not too big on wine though I can enjoy a glass or two for dinner if offered. I've read that olive oil is good for the body as well. Now, if only Coca-Cola was healthy too... that would be the best!

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Posted 01 February 2005 - 12:05 PM

I heard some of these benefits a while back & started drinking some of the local Oregon Pinot Noirs. More recently I found a local microbrew ale I like & now I see I most go back to the wine. Ale doesnt go that well with Jahlresburg cheese anyway. :hyper:

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Posted 01 February 2005 - 12:07 PM

Ale doesnt go that well with Jahlresburg cheese anyway. :D


Is that an attempt at "Jarlsberg" cheese? Don't mess with Norwegian cheese!!!! Even if it's a rip-off of Swiss cheese! :hyper:

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Posted 01 February 2005 - 02:12 PM

:D Yep; what you wrote. "Jarlsberg" cheese. If you haven't noticed I'm a little sloppy with spelling. Ich ese Jarlsberg gern. :hyper: