Everything in Moderation....

Everything in Moderation....

New Definition of Moderation?

So we know moderate drinking is okay, but what exactly constitutes as moderate? For years the rule was to one drink per day (which is equal to five ounces of wine) for women and one to two drinks for men. New research (that now applies to me!) has moved the goalposts and the old rules now only apply to those under 65. All older adults should limit their drinking to one drink per day, regardless of gender. And women over 65 should consider even less than that. 

Unfortunately, in addition to wrinkles and reading glasses, older adults have another bummer to consider. All of those benefits from red wine don't help the folks who have reached the 75 year milestone. Research has found that elderly women (average age of 76) who have one glass of wine per day show small reductions in heart function. This is due to the increased size of the wall of one of the heart chambers. It looks like women are more susceptible to the downsides of drinking than men. Older men who have more than 14 drinks per week have the same heart findings. 

While a nightly glass of red wine certainly seems like it could be part of a healthy lifestyle, don't feel like you have to drink every day. Both the American Heart Association and the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute do not recommend drinking solely for heart health. Always remember that alcohol can be addictive, and drinking too much leads to major health problems. Alcohol abuse leads to liver and pancreatic diseases, heart disease, some cancers, stroke, obesity, and accidents or violence. Of course, if alcoholism runs in your family or you've ever had an addiction, steer clear of too much wine.