The Alcohol Health Myth
Refreshing to see the Heart Foundation and the Australian Drug Coalition release material that rejects the myth about small amounts of red wine being good for you. GPs for the most part have been laughing at the idea that alcohol can be good. More and more they have been suggesting to patients they might give up grog.
The truth is that even if it could be shown to be good for cardio health or delivering the antioxidants you get from eating an apple, the good is outweighed by the calorific impact. As my GP says, the calories in alcohol are all useless. They are programed to go to one place – around your belly.
Nobody can stop at half a glass anyway, once they open the bottle of sugary fluid, so the much-mooted health gain is swamped by the sugar hit. Like eating a desert. Now we know that the medical evidence for the health gain is non-existent.
I gave up alcohol two and three quarter years ago and my body fat fell from 19 to 13 percent measured by scanning.
As my GP says, you won’t win the obesity battle if you drink. The robust drinkers I know are all diabetic in their 60s.
A craving for alcohol is a craving for a sugar hit. Replace it with nutritious eating. Aim for a clear head and a relatively flat stomach.
When I once told a big gathering of secondary school youngsters they should never be pressured by peers into drinking alcohol I was surprised by the spontaneous applause. Not drinking is a valid option and they seemed to know it.
The message can be put more strongly with the health case for imbibing now relegated to the myth basket. It was always a weak proposition anyway.