Does booze REALLY help you live longer?

This can be a bit of a touchy subject for me. Because it’s not something I talk about all that often…

But some years ago now, I hit a rough patch with alcohol…

It started when I was coming home from work each night and having a cold beer.

At first this was just to help me relax and take my mind off things.

Nothing wrong with that…

But pretty soon, a “couple” beers turned into far more.

And it started affecting bigger parts of my life. Not just my evenings…

It was putting a lot of stress on my marriage. It took a toll on my health. And I know that my kids could even tell that something was going on…

I needed help.

So I turned to the only person I knew I could talk to…

My dad.

We sat down and had a talk, man to man. He didn’t pass any judgement on me, and just listened to what I had to say…

That conversation helped me make a firm decision about my future. And from that day I was able to give up drinking.

It sounds cliché, but after the conversation, I felt lighter.

It was like someone lifted a weight off my shoulder. Maybe he did just by talking to me. I don’t know.

But I do know I could enjoy my family, and my work again.

This was years ago now, but it’s still something I think about from time to time…

As a former drinker, it doesn’t bother me so much when I see people drinking. Or when friends and family have a drink around me.

And I don’t judge anyone for having a few cold ones.

But when I read reports about how alcohol has all kinds of health benefits…

I start to wonder…

Because the other day I saw a several reports about a study that linked moderate alcohol consumption with a longer life expectancy.

Now, I’m very open minded to alcohol’s link to increased life span.

Buy when you dig into the research on alcohol’s health benefits, it’s a mixed bag…

And it seems like scientists can’t make a direct link between alcohol consumption and a longer life expectancy…

But that’s not to say alcohol doesn’t have benefits…

It’s great for socializing.  And I think a healthy social life is essential for being happy.

It’s just that, overall the research is mixed. And it can be confusing.

So what I want you to take away from this is…

If you’re a healthy social drinker, there’s no scientific reason to stop…

But if you’re a non-drinker, then there’s no concrete evidence that you should start drinking either.

Especially if your only motivation is the health benefits…

Because there’s just too many caveats in the research right now.

And even if there’s a direct link that connects alcohol to longevity…

I’m sitting this one out.

Anyways, that’s all I’ve got for today.

I’ll be back tomorrow with more.

God Bless,

Jeff Reagan

Editor, Patriot Health Alliance

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