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1 HB 490 Introduction to Wine Lesson 1: Wine and Health, Wine in History, Wine and Culture, and Serving Alcohol Safely In Vino Sanitas? Wine (and other alcohols) and Health The French Paradox 60 Minutes segment in 1991 Mounting epidemiological evidence that moderate consumption of alcohol is associated with Reduced risk of death Particularly by coronary disease Red Wine was apparently most beneficial The “J” shaped curve
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2 Societal Attitudes The French Paradox report came in the midst of a resurgent prohibitionist sentiment This sentiment has not disappeared, but is somewhat less prevalent or obvious today Societal Attitudes To drink or Not to drink? Some believe the healthiest choice is NOT to consume alcohol, while others tout the purported health benefits of alcohol consumption Others, yet, acknowledge the apparent health benefits of moderate alcohol consumption, but hesitate to discuss them as they fear this may lead some may become alcohol dependent to start consuming alcohol Societal Attitudes Much (dis)information on the issue of alcohol and health! You must consider the data critically Interpretations may vary Research is never fully conclusive Scientist not always “value free” Some agencies/authorities have “agendas”
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3 Agenda? Visit the websites of these organizations and see if you can establish if they have an agenda relative to wine and health Epidemiology Epidemiology is the scientific study of factors affecting the health and illness of individuals and populations, and, in this capacity, it serves as the foundation and logic of interventions made in the interest of the public’s health Epidemiology Epidemiologist have studied if and how wine and other alcohols affects health. Large populations have been studied Epidemiological studies are by nature usually not controlled studies Many populations have been studied: Europe, North America, Japan, Australia, Israel, Iceland, . . . Great demographic variety The studies point to the J-shaped curve!
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4 Safe Limits Moderate versus excessive Often poorly/ill defined Many variables influence tolerance Size, gender, habit, medication, food, pregnancy, nursing and diseases Safe limits Are defined as per medical concerns Not as per performance or social concerns Safe Limits Safe upper limits moderation) is determined by the threshold for liver damage Healthy men: 40 grams of ethanol/day Healthy women: 24 grams of ethanol/day Not in the form of binge drinking Protective effects come from the spread! B.t.w.: Ethanol is a.k.a. ethyl alcohol Safe Limits One regular bottle of wine contains 75 cl (0.75 liter) which is just over 25 ounces While there is significant variation in the alcohol content of wine, a typical bottle of table wine will contain about 72 grams of alcohol 2.8 gr./oz.
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5 Safe Limits 14 ounces of wine is the safe daily
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This note was uploaded on 10/17/2011 for the course ECON 101 taught by Professor Thompson during the Spring '11 term at Michigan State University.

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