A Wine a Day…Keeps the Psychiatrist Away? Light Drinking Linked to Lower Risk of Depression
by farrahg.js on September 10, 2013 - 8:53pm
As alcohol consumption increased world wide, there were previous studies that have shown that heavy alcohol consumption is related to developing mental health problems, such as depression. In a new article in BMC Medicine, there was a study that was made, where researchers reported on a group study that followed 5,500 light-to-moderate drinkers for up to seven years to study the relationship between alcohol intake and depression. The participants that were in the study were from the PREDIMED study, and they were aged 55-80 years old, and they had never suffered from depression or had any alcohol related problems when the study started. The main alcoholic beverage drunk by the participants in the study was wine. When the study was analysed, it showed that moderate drinkers were less likely to suffer from depression. Participants in the group who drank 2-7 small glasses of wine per week, showed the lowest rates of depression. When the study was over, the results remained significant even when the participants went back to their lifestyle and social factors. Professor Miguel A.Martinez-Gonzalez, from the University of Navarra, said that lower amounts of alcohol intake might similarly protect what has been observed for heart diseases related to the arteries that surround and supply the heart.
In my own opinion, what is said in the article and the results seem to be logical. Everything that is taken but within limits and in balance is not harmful but also does well for the individual. This study was tested on several thousands of individuals, so it seems to be valid and accurate, especially that the results remained remarkable after the study was over and the participants went back to their regular lives.