A Spanish study has found that drinking alcohol lowers the risk of heart disease among men, and by significant percentages. Not surprisingly, its findings are controversial, and experts caution that drinking too much alcohol obviously raises the risk of other, non-heart-related health problems. The study also was based on self-reporting, which may not be an accurate reflection of true alcohol consumption.
Still, it doesn’t strike me as odd that having a drink at the end of the day may be beneficial for your health. Working is stressful, and alcohol clearly helps people relax. A more relaxed person is bound to be healthier than one who is stressed out.
In the meantime, the Spanish study can be filed away in the memory banks, to take its place among the other useful medical and scientific studies that justify or excuse bad habits.