Alcohol is injurious to your health when consumed in excess. It is dangerous to the liver as alcohol is a potential carcinogen. Yes, it can lead to liver cancer. But researchers have come up with some fascinating findings which show that consuming alcohol in moderate amounts can be beneficial to the heart. Just before we examine the studies, it is critical to state that some people take alcohol in moderate amounts. Nevertheless, where a cause for concern arises is when it is taken in large quantities. With that being said, it is noteworthy that the studies emphasized on moderate drinking.
According to researchers, moderate drinking was defined as 0.5-1 drink a day for women and 1-2 drinks daily for men. A study was conducted to look into the effects of moderate consumption of alcohol on the human body. This research was conducted in the Pennsylvania State University. Well, the team analyzed the data of 80,081 Chinese adults with an average age of 49. The participants were divided into five groups: Never, Past, Light, Moderate, and Heavy drinkers.
Afterward, their alcohol intake was assessed in 2006 and later in 2008, 2010 and 2012. During these years, the researchers found that moderate drinkers experienced a slower decline in HDL [high-density lipoprotein] compared with never-drinkers and heavy drinkers. The researchers concluded that alcohol consumption was associated with slower HDL decreases, with moderate consumption slowest. Looking at other findings of the study, the decline is also dependent on the type of beverage. The individuals who had beer and hard liquor had the slowest decline than the ones who consumed other types of beverages.
Moderate alcohol intake is associated with lower atherosclerosis risk, presumably due to increased HDL cholesterol (HDL-C) concentrations; however, the metabolic mechanisms of this increase are poorly understood. Alcohol intake increases HDL-C in a dose-dependent fashion, associated with and possibly caused by an increase in the HDL apolipoproteins apoA-I and –II .
Recent research offers further support for the possible heart health benefits of moderate drinking, after finding consuming up to two alcoholic beverages daily may slow the decline of "good" high-density lipoprotein cholesterol.
To conclude, moderate consumption of alcohol, reduces the rate of decline of high-density cholesterol which is beneficial to the human body. Noteworthy is that is filtered through the liver, the same organ where cholesterol is made. Additionally, the effect it has on your heart health largely depends on the amount consumed. In short, there is sufficient evidence that moderate consumption of alcohol increases good cholesterols in the body as it ramps up the rate at which protein is transported. On the other hand, excessive drinking leads of an opposite effect. Obviously, alcohol isn’t bad after all. So, you should drink responsibility.
1.Elizabeth R. De Oliveira e Silva, David Foster, Monnie McGee Harper, Cynthia E. Seidman,Jonathan D. Smith, Jan L. Breslow, Eliot A. Brinton. Alcohol Consumption Raises HDL Cholesterol Levels by Increasing the Transport Rate of Apolipoproteins A-I and A-II. Circulation November 7, 2000 Vol 102, Issue 19