Wednesday, October 15, 2008

What's a wine lover to do?!?

Oh, great.

For at least a couple of years now, researchers (er -- make that marketers!) have been touting the health benefits of drinking a bit of wine.  Such as: It may be good for your heart, it helps relieve stress, the tanins have cancer-fighting attributes, etc.  I didn't really pay attention to the details, just felt less guilty for enjoying my occasional glass (I drink an average of about 5-6 glasses per week.)   

But recently, posted a story warning women to be especially mindful of the amount they drink,  for they pay a higher price, physically, than do men for consuming alcohol.  

And now, reports that, for both sexes, even moderate amounts of any kind of alcohol SHRINK YOUR BRAIN, possibly exacerbating age-related diseases such as dementia. 

Kind of reminds me of the back-and-forth we went through about a decade ago over eggs: They were touted, then demonized, then touted again -- if consumed in moderation

So, I'm going to stay on my occasional-glass-plan. I just won't feel quite so sanguine about it, at least until the next pro-wine "study" comes out!!  


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