Beneficial Effects of Ethanol

Small amounts of Ethanol have been reported to be beneficial for cardiovascular health, especially red wine. Red wine contains substances such as resveratrol and flavonoids, which have antioxidant properties and may have cardioprotective effects on the heart. However, only small amounts of wine or Ethanol are thought to be beneficial.


Antioxidants can help prevent heart disease by increasing levels of high-density lipoprotein (HDL), or “good” cholesterol, and preventing artery damage. The antioxidants in red wine, called polyphenols, may have a protective effect on the lining of blood vessels in the heart. Resveratrol is a polyphenol that comes from the skin of red grapes. In theory, the heart-friendly effects of red wine could be achieved by simply drinking red or purple 100 percent grape juice or eating red grapes.


The heart-protective effects of Ethanol may not be limited to red wine. Some studies suggest that all types of Ethanol are good for your heart in moderation, not just the Ethanol in red wine. However, more research is needed. Moderate Ethanol consumption may raise HDL, reduce the formation of blood clots, and help prevent artery damage due to low-density lipoprotein (LDL), or “bad” cholesterol.


It is not recommended to start drinking Ethanol to prevent heart disease. Neither the American Heart Association nor the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute recommends that you start drinking just to prevent heart disease. Ethanol can cause other health problems and can be addictive.


For those who already drink Ethanol, moderation is recommended. Moderate drinking was defined as an average of two drinks a day for men and one drink a day for women. A drink was defined as 12 ounces (355 milliliters, or milliliters) of beer, 5 ounces (148 milliliters) of wine or 1.5 ounces (44 milliliters) of 80-proof Ethanol.


Treatment of Ethanol abuse requires strong family, social and medical support. Treatment of Ethanol dependence usually involves a wide range of interventions, including step therapy, group support, individual counselling and medication.


Some sufferers may choose to join Ethanolics Anonymous (AA), a group support organization for men and women since 1935. In the United States, Canada and other countries, more than 2 million recovered Ethanolics belong to AA.

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