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Further proof that there is a God

Two drinks a day help men avoid heart attack

Moderate consumption can help raise ‘good’ cholesterol, study finds

Updated: 1:17 p.m. PT Oct 23, 2006

Even healthy men may benefit from a drink or two daily to help lower the risk of heart attack, medical researchers reported on Monday.
“Our results suggest that moderate drinking could be viewed as a complement, rather than an alternative,” to lifestyle interventions such as regular physical activity, weight loss and quitting smoking, said the study from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston.

The report said previous studies have linked moderate drinking to a lower heart attack risk, compared to the risk run by those who do not drink at all. The apparent protective effect may be that alcohol appears to raise the level of so-called “good” cholesterol in the bloodstream.

Between 1986 and 2002, 106 of the men had heart attacks, including eight out of 1,282 who downed about two drinks daily, compared to 28 of another 1,889 who did not drink at all.

Maybe the reason drinkers have fewer heart attacks is beause you actually have to slow down and ease up a few minutes to have those two drinks — and who wants to run around after having them, either? Wonder if they thought of that.

One Response to “Further proof that there is a God”

  1. Rich Roesberg Says:

    I’ll drink to that!
    I’m something of a Master when it comes to mixing exotic potables. Not only can I produce a fine rum and coke, but also an elaborate orange juice and vodka. I can even create a wild combination of far flung ingredients called a ‘7 and 7’ (Don’t bother to ask. It’s tricky!)
    And yes, I do remember hearing that men in the bible belt have more coronary attacks than those in the imbibing regions. So there.
    All this booze talk reminds me of the fascination I had in my misspent youth for all things relating to mixology, especially the exotic hardware that included swizzle sticks, cocktail shakers, and exactly the right glass for each drink. I was more interested in that stuff than the alcohol, possibly from reading too many Playbody (Oops! I slipped. Call Dr.
    Freud.), make that ‘Playboy’ magazines. Honest, I only got them for the articles. And the pictures of all that fine barwear.
    “I’ll have that shaken, not stirred.”

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