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cardio-protective benefits associated with responsible, moderate alcohol intake.” The Harvard Health Professionals Follow-Up Study of over 44,000 males found moderate alcohol consumption to be associated with a 37% reduction in coronary disease. A British study of women found moderate consumption of alcohol to be associated with lower levels of cardiovascular risk factors. The Honolulu Heart Study found a 49% reduction in coronary heart disease among men who drink alcohol in moderation. Harvard researchers concluded about coronary heart disease that “Consumption of one or two drinks of beer, wine, or liquor per day has corresponded to a reduction in risk of approximately 20-40%.” At a recent conference, researchers from Korea, Italy, Germany, Poland, the Netherlands, and

the United States reported striking reductions in death among moderate drinkers, with heart disease and total mortality rates about one half or less compared to non-drinkers. After reviewing the research, Dr. David Whitten reported that “The studies that have been done show pretty clearly that the chances of suffering cardiac death are dramatically reduced by drinking” one or two drinks a day and asserted that “We don’t have any drugs that are as good as alcohol.” Based on the medical evidence, noted investigator Dr. Curtis Ellison asserted that “abstinence from alcohol is a major risk factor for coronary heart disease.” A recent study published in the American Heart Association’s journal found abstainers’ risk of stroke to be double that of moderate drinkers.

The American Heart Association has also reported moderate consumption of alcohol to be associated with dramatically decreased risk of stroke among both men and women, regardless of age or ethnicity. A recent Harvard University study found the lowest levels of hypertension among young adults who consumed one to three drinks per day. Harvard researchers recently found moderate drinkers to be almost 1/3 less likely to suffer Peripheral Artery Disease (a significant cause of death among the elderly) than those consuming less than one drink per week. A recent French study found moderate drinkers to have a 75% lower risk for Alzheimer’s Disease and an 80% lower risk for senile dementia. Moderate drinkers have been found to be more resistant than abstainers to five strains of the

common cold virus. And the list goes on.* Before I investigated alcohol’s effects on health, I thought that defending alcohol would be very difficult. I chose this topic because I had never been exposed to someone that could really support a statement that declared alcohol “healthy”. All the commercials I had seen on television portrayed alcohol as an “evil” thing that only deviants chose to indulge. So I decided to see for myself. After making the numerous discoveries I just shared with you, it seems that defending the non-Alcoholic “stake” would be impossible. There is however one underlying factor that is key in defending alcoholic consumption. The only thing that allows pro-alcohol’s dominance in this particular issue is the “consumption in moderation”

“ingredient“. If an individual chooses to consume alcohol beyond the guidelines for moderate consumption, all the wonderful health benefits discussed earlier are not only cancelled out but are totally inversed. Medical research has shown that if an individual crosses the thin line between moderate drinking and habitual alcohol abuse it can seriously damage just about every organ in the human body. The following is a short list* of the ailments alcohol abuser can expect: brain cells are destroyed; also, CT scans show that the brain itself actually shrinks; nerve damage can lead to impotence; toxic effects on sperm can cause infertility; a variety of liver diseases may develop, including liver cancer and potentially fatal cirrhosis; digestion is impaired; the stomach and large

intestines may become inflamed, and the pancreas damaged. I have to say that the government is not doing a very good job at educating the public about alcohol. If the government would only clearly define the difference between moderate consumption and abusive consumption and educate the public concerning the positive and negative effects of abstinence, moderate consumption, and abusive consumption instead of insulting the public’s intelligence by not trusting the public’s judgment through their oppressive means of corruptly taking the decision to drink with guilt-free conscious knowing that moderate consumption of alcohol is very healthy away from society, I think all alcohol abuse problems of America would be greatly reduced. *Due to the nature of this paper I will not