Believe it or not, daily heavy drinking is not good for your health

Heavy Daily Drinking Linked to Worse Health

No kidding. That’s a real headline from HealthDay News.

So if you’ve been eating right, taking supplements, getting plenty of sleep, exercising regularly, and drinking a fifth of vodka every day…well… you still may experience some health issues.

This groundbreaking study comes from the Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research. The Kaiser team reports that risky drinkers (averaging three or more drinks per day) tend to put their health at risk in other ways, like driving under the influence, not wearing seatbelts, smoking cigarettes, and avoiding doctor visits.

Anyone surprised? (Maybe we should do a study on how many people are surprised by the results of that study.)

They also found that heavy drinkers in this survey of nearly 7,900 had poor assessment of their health, generally believing that good health is a matter of good fortune. They also lacked confidence that they could change their unhealthy habits.

Perhaps the more significant revelation was the confirmation that moderate daily drinkers (averaging one to three drinks per day) were somewhat healthier than non-drinkers and light-drinkers.

Moderate drinkers were also found to have a better self- assessment of their health status.

So it looks like I’ll be doing the responsible thing when I pour that second glass of wine tonight.

To Your Good Health,

Jenny Thompson


“Heavy Daily Drinking Linked to Worse Health” HealthDay News, 3/26/10,