Using Math To Estimate A Healthy Alcohol Intake

by Jo-Ann Heslin, MA, RD, CDN on November 21, 2012 · 0 comments

Drinking a moderate amount of alcohol is healthy. But, exactly how much is considered moderate?  Researchers in England used math modeling to figure out how much alcohol you need to gain a health benefit. It was far less then you might think.

They showed that a half glass of wine (1/2 cup or 4 ounces) was the right amount. Using math calculations they estimated this amount would slightly increase overall deaths from heart disease, but would decrease deaths from both liver disease and cancer causing fewer overall deaths in a population. This news will be disappointing to some but it once again points out that moderation is the best course.

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