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A GLASS OF WINE A DAY MAY PROVIDE HEALTH BENEFITS
Researchers at the University of Newcastle say
a glass of wine a day may be of benefit to the health of older women. Moderate
consumption of alcohol is associated with better survival and quality
Researchers conducted a national survey of 12,432 older women using data from
the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women's Health. The women, who were aged
70 to 75 years when the study began, provided information on alcohol consumption
and their health over six years by completing questionnaires.
Results of the study indicate that survival rates were lower in women
who did not consume alcohol. Indeed non-drinkers and women who
rarely drink had a significantly higher risk of dying than women who
consumed a low intake of alcohol.
The health benefits that moderate alcohol consumption can provide are likely
to be multiple. Alcohol use can be associated with psychological and social well-being,
which can be considered important health benefits in their own right. The social
and pleasurable benefits of drinking, as well as the improved appetite and nutrition
that may accompany modest alcohol intake, could also play a role.
The National Health and Medical Research Council guidelines recommend that women
drink no more than two standard drinks a day on average, no more than four standard
drinks on any one day and have one or two alcohol-free days a week.