With Christmas fast approaching, there'll be more opportunity to imbibe in this form of 'Christmas Cheer'. Also, many of us wonder at diagnosis or when undergoing treatment whether we should cut back or totally refrain from alcohol. Then to confuse matters, we hear news items saying that moderate drinkers actually show a slight health benefit from imbibing, so which is it?
Merlin Thomas, Adjunct Professor of Preventive Medicine at Baker IDI Heart & Diabetes Institute, looks at the evidence for health benefits associated with moderate drinking and whether wine is better than beer or spirits:
Note: this article just provides a general overview of the medicinal or otherwise benefits of drinking alcohol; it is not CLL specific. Check with your medical team on the advisability of drinking in your particular circumstances.
Neil (an atypical Aussie teetotaller)
Photo: Newly planted vines (in the white tubes) in an area renowned as one of Australia's finest wine regions. It is particularly known for producing world class red wines, especially Cabernet Sauvignon. Australia's first saint was recently canonised for her work in a nearby town for those liking a puzzle of where this photo was taken