Skip to comments.Alcohol can reduce asthma risk
Posted on 09/25/2011 6:27:10 PM PDT by decimon
Amsterdam, The Netherlands: Drinking alcohol in moderate quantities can reduce the risk of asthma, according to Danish researchers.
The study, which will be presented today (25 September 2011) at the European Respiratory Society's Annual Congress in Amsterdam, found that drinking 1-6 units of alcohol a week could reduce the risk of developing the condition.
The research examined 19,349 twins between the ages of 12 and 41 yrs of age. All participants completed a questionnaire at the start and end of the study to compare alcohol intake with the risk of developing asthma over 8 yrs.
The results showed that the lowest risk of asthma was seen in the group which had a moderate intake of alcohol, as less than 4% of those who drank 1-6 units per week developed asthma.
The highest risk of asthma was observed in people who drunk rarely or never, as they were 1.4-times more likely to develop the condition. Heavy drinkers also had an increased risk of asthma development and were 1.2-times more likely to develop asthma.
The results also suggested that a preference for beer drinking was associated with an increased risk of asthma when compared with no preference.
Previous studies have found a link between excessive intake of alcohol and asthma attacks; however, this is the first study of its kind to show a link between alcohol intake and the onset of asthma for adults over a long period of time.
Sofie Lieberoth, from the Bispebjerg Hospital in Denmark, said: "Whilst excessive alcohol intake can cause health problems, the findings of our study suggest that a moderate intake of 1-6 units can reduce the risk of developing asthma. By examining all the factors linked with the development of asthma, we can understand more about what causes the condition and how to prevent it."
Here’s to you breathing easy!
At lease once a year a study comes out that says MODERATE alcohol consumption has some kind of health benefit.
That and chocolate. Which is why I post this stuff. I'm going into the chocolate beer business and expect to make a fortune.
Darn....guess I better drink up.
Well, here’s the thing, moderate. There’s a difference between a glass of wine and a shot glass of whiskey. I would note that drinking too much soda could make me put on weight or load plaque on my teeth. I mean, wine has religious purpose to it, give it that much.
Yeah, I guess the booze might cancel the effect of the belly fat. OTOH, fat and drunk is no way to...
My grandfather had COPD, he found out using vodka in his nebulizer helped his breathing.
My husband has found out that a half shot of vodka often works better than his rescue inhaler.
“Unit” needs defined.
Yeah, that got left out of the press release.
Makes sense to me.
“At lease once a year a study comes out that says MODERATE alcohol consumption has some kind of health benefit.”
those squishy RINOs are at it again!
I called my AA sponsor and coughed on the phone. He still said no.
Is there nothing alcohol CAN’T do?
Maybe, but most likely hasn't been discovered yet.
Remember... 1 - 6 per week.
So, this is a punishment for starting to drink in college, rather than grammar school?
Just reminded me to have a shot of bourbon...thanks.....
It works!! I do my best to consume moderate amounts of alcohol at least three times a day.
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