One of the most common questions that I am asked is if it is ok to drink. It’s a hard question to answer as no matter what I say; you are likely to get offended. People who like to drink, like to drink. No matter what you tell them, you are unlikely to persuade them otherwise. The questions shift quickly to which drink may be better. Just to get the facts out of the way, alcohol is empty calories which means that it has no nutrition and only adds calories to your diet. Your body does not need this in short.

If pushed, I ask people to drink wine, because it has Resveratrol which is widely believed to be good for your heart. It is important to highlight though that alcohol, in general, is not good for you. In a research study done, in the United Kingdon, with 550 civil servants in Whitehall, who were undergoing an annual check-up, they found that even those people who had an occasional drink showed a decline in their brain. A drink was measured as 10 ml of pure alcohol per day which is a pint of beer.

Doctors for a long while have been advocating drinking in moderation. They have even said that small amounts help fight disease including cardiovascular diseases and ischemic heart conditions. The new findings seem to be throwing all previously held beliefs out of gear as the hippocampus of the people who were drinking showed marked deterioration with three times the average size of a person who didn’t drink. An enlarged hippocampus is a marker for Alzheimer’s disease. One of the critical reasons why alcohol affects the brain is because within seconds of being consumed it passes through the lining of your stomach and enters your bloodstream. Worse, the blood-brain barrier does not prevent alcohol from entering your brain. If you do drink try and drink in moderation.


Ritesh is a born again health enthusiast and holds a Certificate in Physiology from Harvard Medical School and a Certificate in Nutrition from Tufts University.