NCTV Episode 15

Continuing with the series of bitesize health tip videos which can be found here on my YouTube Channel, this episode, includes:-

  • A disclaimer
  • Controversy
  • Presenting the research evidence
  • The counter argument
  • Mythos beer on an idyllic Greek beach

Transcript

If you’d prefer to read the content within, rather than watch the video, then feel free to read the transcript, as follows:-

Hello & welcome to NCTV Episode 15.

So…14 weeks of UK lockdown here now, some people may very well have been driven to drink in this time, others may just be waiting for pubs and restaurants to reopen to finally have their tipple and celebrate the occasion.

That occasion just so happens be next week on the 4th July, Independence Day too which is rather apt.

Before we continue be sure to bear with me because I know what you’re thinking. I’m about to issue health advice relating to alcohol which means you’re about to get a lecture on how bad it is for you and that you shouldn’t be drinking the stuff BUT that is not the case, quite the opposite in fact.

So I should start by saying that I am just the messenger and presenting reliable data findings that have been issued by multiple reputable sources.

As a disclaimer, there are lots of things people suggest for longevity and as with anything, the advice is conflicting, one expert says this and another says the opposite. However, I’ve looked into this a lot and when it comes to living to 100+, one of the key themes that keeps cropping up is that drinking moderate and regular alcohol, and I emphasise moderate, will actually help you to live a longer life, I know, that surprised me too. Moderate drinkers outlive non-drinkers!

Now to answer some of the many questions that have no doubt sprung to your mind. Firstly, what is moderate and regular? It is reported that one or two glasses of wine or beer a day is enough to suffice, even better when it is with friends and food.

Secondly, how is it even good for you? Well, research has shown that it might be good for your cardiovascular health, protecting against stroke and it aids in fighting depression while also reducing the risk of diabetes. By drinking moderately and regularly this has been found to reduce the risk of an early death by 18%, that’s a bigger percentage than even exercise is supposed to have on keeping people alive longer.

Third, what are my sources? Well the scientific evidence and research is straight from the British Medical Journal, The European Journal of Epidemiology, The Mayo Clinic, The Harvard School of Public Health, The University of California Irvine, as well as numerous articles that can be found on PubMed and many other research journals.

To stay balanced and present the case against, it’s not to say that there may not be a degree of survivor bias in that those who drank too much are already dead by 90. It could also be said those who are 90+ are already healthy and have other healthy practices in place or that there are no adverse effects to alcohol because there are but the evidence is there for all to see.

To conclude, it should still be said that alcohol is addictive, has many adverse health effects too and in excess it can be a killer, as can be water, oxygen or anything for that matter but in small or moderate amounts it has been proven to contribute to living a longer life. That means seeing more summers and experiencing more Christmas’ as well as the many other great joys you have to live for.

So on that bombshell, all that’s left for me to say is Yammas, as the Greeks say – for cheers, and I’ll see you next time for some more bitesized bits to help your health flourish.

Bye Bye.