Studie der Harvard
und Schnapsdrosseln sitzen im gleichen Boot
älteren Frauen macht die Verteufelung jeglichen Alkoholkonsums
aus gesundheitlicher Sicht keinerlei Sinn.
an der renommierten Harvard Medical School in den Jahren 1999
und 2001 unter Einschluß von 11.000 Krankenschwestern durchgeführte
Studie hat gezeigt, daß jene Patientinnen am wenigsten unter
einem Abbau ihrer geistigen Kräfte litten, die täglich
eine kleine Menge Alkohol tranken.
Die Krankenschwestern im Alter von 70 bis 81 Jahren wurden entsprechend
Ihrem Alkoholkonsum in drei Gruppen eingeteilt. Diejenigen, die
täglich zwischen 1 und 14.9 Gramm Alkohol tranken wurden
jenen Berufskolleginnen gegenübergestellt, die angaben entweder
mehr Alkohol, oder überhaupt keinen Alkohol zu trinken. Es
zeigte sich bei den entsprechenden Tests, daß die geistige
Spannkraft im Vergleich zu den mäßigen Trinkerinnen
auch dann stärker abnahm, wenn die Seniorinnen der Gesundheit
zu liebe ganz abstinent lebten.
for drink ladies! - Proper drinking habits may improve women health
is good news for female drinkers. A study published yesterday,
jointly, by researchers at Harvard Medical School and the School
of Public Health have found that moderate consumption of alcohol
can decrease the risk of cognitive decline in women.
researchers compiled data from 11,000 nurses between the ages
of 70 and 81 about their drinking habits and cognitive ability.
The large sample size was necessary to make sure that factor such
as age, exercise habits, cholesterol levels, and high blood pressure
would be discounted during the analysis. The women were divided
into three groups based on their daily consumption of alcohol:
those who drank one to 14.9 grams of wine, beer or liquor per
day, those who drank up to twice that dosage and those who drank
none at all. Cognitive tests were conducted on the women in 1999
researchers found that women in the moderate drinking group were
20 percent less likely to show signs of cognitive decline during
the two years tests were performed. Nondrinkers and heavier drinkers
were not found conclusively to be at greater or less at risk of
cognitive decline, and the type of alcoholic drink did not affect
the risk factor.
great care have been taken to make the study universally applicable
it is to be noted that, people who consume small amounts of alcohol
seem to have better health than people who don't drink at all.
It's therefore possible that the changes in cognition could be
attributable to something other than alcohol intake.
Meir Stampfer, chair of the medical schools Department of
Epidemiology, advises women to act on the results of the study
older individuals who are drinking moderately should continue
to do so with the knowledge that not only are they not doing themselves
any harm, theyre probably also benefiting [their health],
said Stampfer. For older individuals who dont drink
out of fear of harming their health, they might well reconsider
the health benefits of consuming a small quantity of alcohol each
day, medical professionals are reluctant to prescribe alcohol
as part of individuals diets, Grodstein said. She added
that some people have an undiscovered predisposition to alcohol
that could cause them to drink to excess.
very hard for people to differentiate between a little and a lot
of alcohol. When you look at the individual person, everyone reacts
to alcohol a little bit differently. Furthermore, Alcohol has
important individual and societal risks, so one has to be very
cautious. It is expected that further research into the health
benefits of alcohol will investigate whether drinking moderately
in a short span of time or over the long term matters most in
an individuals life and if the same results occur in men
as well as women.