April is Alcohol Awareness Month… Alcohol and Medical Issues

April is Alcohol Awareness Month and this month we will posts facts you may not know about alcohol.  Did you know that up to 40% of hospital beds are filled in the United States (except those being used by maternity and intensive care) are being used to treat health conditions that are related to alcohol consumption.  You may have heard a glass of wine is good for you and it does help raise the HDL cholesterol, reduces blood clots, and help prevent artery damage caused by bad LDL cholesterol.  However, that is in moderation of one glass (5 oz.) or less a day for women and 10 oz. or less a day for men. But non-alcohol wine, dark chocolate, grapes, peanut butter, blueberries and cranberries have the same source of Resveratrol that will do the same thing.  Studies also have shown it does nothing to help health benefits for those under the age of 40 and can do more damage if you drink more that those amounts on other days.  Over time excessive alcohol use can lead to numerous health conditions such as dementia, stroke, increased risk for cancer, liver disease to name a few.
Source: NCADD.org