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Can We Drink To Be Healthy

A Danish medical report says that a weekly alcoholic drink reduces men's risk of heart attack by 7%. Daily drinks reduce it by 41%. For women, the results are not so cheerful ... daily drinks are no better than weekly.

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 ---alan8869_of_UK on 5/26/06
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Darlene I was given a very similar choice about 25 years ago. When I told doc. I was a total abstainer she said would I buy it anyway, keep in meds. cabinet and take from a teaspoon. I did this (after much soul searching) and found it was far more effective than the tablets. As time went on I needed it less and less and these days take it probably about twice a year. We are all different. Also remember that, although aspirin can prevent heart attacks, it can also cause stomach ulcers.
---M.P. on 4/21/08

I had a dear friend, a precious little older lady who loved to cook and talk about the Bible with me. A doctor gave her a choice between taking pills every day for a medical problem and having a small glass of an alcoholic drink. She took the drink, and after a traumatic experience became an alcoholic. It was an easy step,it was familar,comfortable,abd then comforting. Asprin will help prevent heartattacks too. Playing with fire gets one burned. Alcohol is an addictive drug.
---Darlene_1 on 6/16/07

Alan, I'm curious. What leads you to believe Jesus turn the water into fermented wine? Why would He make rotten wine when the Lord of life could have made fresh, delicious grape juice with no time for it to rot/ferment?
---Geoff on 7/16/06

Geoff ... I am sceptical of the report ,,, as you say alcohol has other effects as well, and too much is bad for you.
However, is clear that Jesus did turn water into fermented wine, (the host clearly was talking about alcoholic wine, not just juice) so moderate consumption is not contrary to His teachings
---alan8869_of_UK on 7/5/06

Alan, this is just like the small print on many medicines. It may relieve one symptom while causing many more. Alchohol destoys brain cells and other organs (liver, kidney). There are better alternatives. The Bible says to leave it alone-Pr 20:1, 31:6. BTW, wine in the Bible is used for grape juice and remented wine as well. It's important to know the difference.
---Geoff on 7/5/06

Just to prevent confusion...Zimbabwean is not correct. The scripture he is reading,Luke 1:15 , refers to John the Baptist. He was also foretold. Drinking in itself is not a sin. The first miracle was water to wine...and lots of it. ITimothy 5:23 drink some wine for the sake of the stomach. Jesus said they called him a drunk in Matt 11:19. Romans 14:21 says that you should not do it if it causes your brother to stumble or even if it offends them. In many places is says not to be drunk.
---Amy9384 on 6/20/06

As christians i would say thy body is the Temple of the Lord, who God is the maker. Call to the maker & Lets be christlike.

Luke 1:15"for He (Jesus) will be great...He is never to take wine or other fermented drink, and he will be filled with the Holy Spirit even from birth.

Habakuk 2:15-16 "Woe to him who gives drink to his neighbors..You will be filled with shame instead of glory....The cup from the LORD's right hand is coming around to you,disgrace will cover your glory.
---ZIMBABWEAN on 6/1/06

Please don't fall for that advice.
Especially if you don't drink.It is not good for your mind (nuerologically)or your liver.Wheel chair soldiers used black beer to flush the kidneys.Be careful ,wine tastes so well!
---lula on 5/31/06

lee--glad you brought up the fact that we have to consider how we affect others if we consume alcohol. That's a biblical principle. Sorry to say, fruit juice alone does not affect the blood vessels. Red grapes and grape juice,however, are thought to have some long-term effect on reducing certain potentially harmful chemicals in the blood. Thus, some doctors that recommend a glass of wine, specify red wine.
---Donna2277 on 5/27/06

If you must drink consider your fellow brother or sister in Christ that he or she does not enter into temptation because of what you do.
---lee on 5/27/06

If you want to drink then you don't need a Danish medical report to do so. Personally I don't think it gives a good impression to the world for Christians to drink. Also the danger of becoming alcoholic. Christians are called to "Come out from among them and be separate".
---Helen_5378 on 5/27/06

I was speaking to you in particular Alan. With your high BP I considered the medicinal uses such as dilating the blood vessels and possibly avoiding a stroke or heart attack.

Someone who HAS to have that drink after work is at risk of dependancy. Yes I know what dependancy means.
---NVBarbara on 5/27/06

NVB ...#2 Addiction often follows whjen someone habitually has alcohol on returning home after a hard day's work ... more and more is needed in that attempt to take away stress. And it does not take away human loneliness (which I often feel) and to take it for that purpose could lead to dependancy (for dependency, read addiction) so I do not do that, just have it with a meal.
---alan_do8869_of_UK on 5/27/06

NVB ...#1 Well I do not consider alcohol to be a sin, and I do have a glass of wine often with my evening meal, because I enjoy it, and because it has certain health benefits. I have never felt dependant upon it.
I'm not sure I would recommend it to someone as a stress reliever, because we are all under stress, and it does not take away stress.
---alan_do8869_of_UK on 5/27/06

"Thou shalt not drink" is a precept of Islam, not Christianity.

There is a once-famous evangelist, now fallen, who wrote, "I know nothing about wine-making, but..." and went on for several columns proving that he surely enough did know nothing about making wine.
---Jack on 5/27/06

Once when I was ill, my Dr. told me to have a glass of wine in the evening to relax and that it was actually medicinal. Never having developed a taste for any kind of alcohol I declined.
Alan, maybe a glass a day could help your BP and relax you.
You're a big boy I don't think there's much chance of you becoming a wino!
---NVBarbara on 5/26/06

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My brother-in-law eventually became an alcoholic after his doctor suggested that he drink alcoholic beverages for his low weight problem. While Scripture does not forbid the drinking of wine, I would suggest that one drink fruit juices as what is in those drinks is often in wines. There are just too many risks in the use of alcholic beverages -abuse credited for over half of deaths on our highways today.
---lee on 5/26/06

M.P. praise the Lord your health has improved that much. Yes,thanks,I know about asprin,had to get off it about 6 months ago had cauased stomach irritation. There can be a downside to every medication for some people. It comes down to knowing yourself well enough to do your own monitoring.
---Darlene_1 on 5/26/06

There was a study done years ago that encouraged a glass of port wine once a day for the blood. As a recovering alcoholic, I must abstain 100% of the time. The irony is, I have a clotting disorder in my blood, and also cannot take aspirin due to stomach problems. I guess I will just have to trust the Lord for my overall health. He is in control.
---Madison1101 on 5/26/06

Bruce ... I had not seen that bit! I'm not surprised. Until very recently, tobaccoo industries' studies showed smoking to be harmless.
---alan8869_of_UK on 5/26/06

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Alcohol dilates the blood vessels (this is well-known) Aspirin is an anticoagulant (blood thinner). Since a "heart attack" is a blood clot cutting off blood supply to the heart muscle, either one of these may be helpful. Alcohol has social implications and CAN be addicting to some people. Aspirin can cause irritation, even bleeding, in the stomach lining. I would consider them both "drugs" and use either one based on my individual history and propensities.
---Donna2277 on 5/26/06

I saw this discussed on a news broadcast and the point was made that the "studies" were sponsored by the booze industry!
---Bruce5656 on 5/26/06

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