What's The Healthiest Drinking Age?

In "The Hangover" (2008), Zach Galifianakis (Alan), Bradley Cooper (Phil), and Justin Bartha (Doug) prove the point that researchers from Boston University School of Medicine and colleagues made in a recent paper published in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs. Young people get the least amount of health benefit from drinking alcohol.

A lot of info is out there about how consuming a moderate amount of any alcohol, including wine, helps reduce the risk of heart disease - maybe by remodeling your gut biome and boosting levels of heart-friendly omega-3 fatty acids. But these researchers point out that age is a major factor in determining deaths prevented by alcohol consumption. That's the ultimate benefit, no?

Almost 36 percent of total deaths caused by alcohol occurred in people 20 to 49 years old. However, of the deaths determined to have been prevented by alcohol consumption, only 4.5 percent occurred in this younger age group; 80 percent occurred in folks 65 and older! So while moderation is essential at any age, younger folks should realize that they're not gaining as many benefits as their Grammy is with a glass or two of wine. One thing is certain, though: Excessive drinking (daily or binging) can lead to addiction, damage your cells and increase your risk for cancer.

Want benefits without alcohol? Grapes, berries and almost any fruit and vegetable help protect the heart and prevent some cancers and vision problems better than red wine. Many fruits and vegetables also deliver heart-loving fiber and other nutrients.

© 2019 Michael Roizen, M.D. and Mehmet Oz, M.D.
Distributed by King Features Syndicate, Inc.

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