Josh Freed: Two teaspoons of wine might be a little too much moderation

In the ever-changing world of studies, it’s time for alcohol to get mean.

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DANGER: This beer may be harmful to health. Recommended dose: two teaspoons.

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Could this be the label on liquor bottles in the years to come, with more and more talk of cigarette-style alcohol warnings? It’s such a happy thought, I might need a drink to deal with it.

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In the ever-changing world of studies, it’s time for alcohol to become a villain, a former health hero.

For many years, wine was practically a magical health elixir. According to early studies on the Mediterranean diet, two glasses of wine a day were considered excellent for your health, and three possibly better. Fortunately, I drank most of my drinks back then, when it was still good for us.

But as endless risk studies gradually envelop the planet, almost everything has been found to present some statistical danger, from eating rich foods to sunbathing, playing contact sports and alcohol consumption.

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Recently we saw two more studies on the dangers of alcohol. Study 1 was a not-at-all-fun Korean study that made headlines. He urged us to limit ourselves to six drinks a week, but warned that any increase in alcohol consumption somewhat increases our risk of certain cancers.

Frankly, this is a dismal study that its authors admit has procedural flaws. So let’s ignore it and move on to Study 2, which isn’t quite as grim.

Funded by the Gates Foundation in 204 countries and territories, it revealed that moderate alcohol consumption is only dangerous for those under 40, who suffer more from car accidents, violence-related incidents and probably headaches the next morning.

The study recommends that men under 40 limit themselves to two teaspoons of wine or 2 1/2 tablespoons of beer a day — honest!

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And that sound you hear in the background is several hundred million men in 204 countries laughing their heads off over a beer after work.

Even the lead author of the study says their suggestion may not be realistic.

Women under 40 experience fewer hazardous alcohol incidents and are therefore permitted to take twice daily soup spoons of wine, allowing them to drink men under the table.

This teaspoon diet could be difficult for restaurant sommeliers when they pour drinks to customers with a pipette and hiss: “Hold this teaspoon constantsir, it’s dripping down your lap.

However, like wine, things get better with age. At age 40, according to the study, you can start celebrating with a standard glass of wine a day without ill effects. At age 65, up to two drinks a day can reduce the risk of stroke and diabetes, and at age 70 you are allowed up to three drinks a day.

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It’s a rare age-related perk, along with cheap movie passes, free prescription drugs, and occasional restaurant discounts for early risers.

But we should take all of this with a teaspoon of salt, because health studies often swing like pendulums. For decades, coffee was bad for you; now it’s practically a miracle drink that some studies have shown may help ward off Alzheimer’s disease and increase longevity.

Likewise, for decades, eggs have been the healthiest breakfast ever. Then for two decades they were bad for you, and now they’re good for you again. For years electronic screens have been bad for kids, but during COVID we begged our kids to use them – and they practically saved our sanity.

Drinking alcohol is also confusing. For example, a “standard” size drink differs around the world, as time of day once did until Sandford Fleming introduced standard time.

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In England, Iceland and other countries, a standard drink is 8 grams of pure alcohol. In France and Italy it is 10 grams (a small glass of wine), in Denmark 12.

In Canada it is a hefty 13.45 grams, in Hungary 17, in Japan 19 and in Austria a whopping 20. So if possible, for health reasons, it is better to drink in Austria.

The truth is that life always involves risks and we have to find a reasonable balance between them, whether it’s skiing, horseback riding, climbing a ladder, driving a car or drinking.

There are also many things we know we are supposed to do: eat five to ten vegetables a day, walk 10,000 steps, and drink 100,000 glasses of water a day. We would like to behave well, but we also like to enjoy life.

All things in moderation, especially moderation. So if you are under 40, do not hesitate to exceed your two teaspoons of wine. But if you’re over 70, you don’t have to drink three.

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Full disclosure: When it comes to alcohol, I’m not the most objective source. I drank a cognac most nights of my life, although there were extenuating circumstances.

About fifteen years ago, during a conversation with my mother, she revealed to me that I was not a good sleeper as a baby, until the family doctor offered a solution wonderful.

He recommended giving me up to two teaspoons of brandy every night, which I drank until I was two years old, and apparently slept “like a baby.” If only all our behaviors were so easily explained.

Obviously I’m not advising this to mothers today, but considering I was under 40 at the time, those two teaspoons given by my mother meant she was ahead of her time. .

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