jamie goode's wine blog

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Is this good news for binge drinkers and the drinks industry? A cure for previously irreversible liver disease might seem like a green light for alcoholics to keep drinking. But you need to remember the other damaging effects of alcohol abuse: as well as cirrhosis, persistent heavy drinking causes cardiomyopathy (damage to muscle fibres of the heart; it also affects skeletal muscle - sports people will find it very hard to develop muscle mass while they are on the pop) and elevates the risk of cancer (acetaldehyde, the breakdown product of ethanol, is a carcinogen, albeit not the worst).

4 Comments:

At 3:18 PM, Anonymous Keith Prothero said...

More hazardous to your health, IMHO is eating rubbish food like Big Macs which I understand you have been known to give to your kids.--naughty boy!!
I will repeat what I have often advised,drink plenty of water and good food with your alcohol and you will be OK.
As a matter of interest,I have averaged about 90 units a week for the last 40 years,and bet I could still beat you in a fitness test.
The Usual 50 ha ha

 
At 4:01 PM, Blogger Jamie said...

I confess, we have the odd Macdonalds breakfast together. It's fairly vile, but the boys love it. So shoot me.

 
At 5:01 PM, Anonymous Alex McLake said...

I reckon the odd Big Mac or Happy meal is not as bad as a lot of no-name equivalents that tend to get dished up at kids parties. As long as it's kept to a small percentage of consumption, I've no doubt that the effects on health are immeasurable.

 
At 12:40 PM, Blogger Jamie said...

Here's a controversial theory: I reckon you could live perfectly healthily just on Macdonalds. It would be very difficult, but I reckon you could do it.

 

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