Alcohol's Effect on Health and Performance

by Victoria Shanta Retelny, RD, LD on Feb 01, 2007

nutrition by Vi c t o r i a S h a n t a R e t e l n y, R D , L D Alcohol's Effect on Health and Performance Before you hoist that glass, consider what the experts have to say about imbibing and your overall health status. Alcohol's effect on health and quality of life has been on the public-health radar screen for decades. The notion that moderate alcohol consumption might even offer some health benefits was first explored as far back as the early 1970s. Since then, hundreds of studies on alcohol and health have been conducted, many confirming the theory that drinking alcohol can positively impact conditions such as cardiovascular disease and diabetes. But is alcohol beneficial for everyone? Not necessarily, say the experts."It's an individual equation each time," says Monica Gourovitch, PhD, senior vice president of scientific affairs for the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States."It's not [the case] that the benefits outweigh the risks for every individual; some people should not drink at all," points out Gourovitch. So, who exactly is a candidate for safe, moderate drinking, and who is not? Read on to find out which of your clients should abstain from alcohol consumption and which can safely party on. Trends in Consumption In a nation where social drinking abounds, the reality is that fewer Americans are drinking alcohol today than 50

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Victoria Shanta Retelny, RD, LD IDEA Author/Presenter

Victoria Shanta Retelny, RD, LD, is a registered, licensed dietitian who runs Living Well Communications, a nutrition communications consulting practice, based in Chicago (www.livingwellcommunications...

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