I thought the following news story would be of interest to some of you.
On the contested causal relationship between 'moderate' alcohol consumption and wellbeing. Apparenty, the jury is still out.
For me personally, I won't be beating a path to the local pub.
Science steps up to the bar
Roni Caryn Rabin
BY NOW, it is a familiar litany. Study after study suggests that alcohol in moderation may promote heart health and even ward off diabetes and dementia. The evidence is so plentiful that some experts consider moderate drinking — about one drink a day for women, about two for men — a central component of a healthy lifestyle. But what if it's all a big mistake?
For some scientists, the question will not go away. No study, these critics say, has ever proved a causal relationship between moderate drinking and lower risk of death, only that the two often go together. It may be that moderate drinking is just something healthy people tend to do, not something that makes people healthy.
http://www.theage.com.au/world/science- ... tml?page=1