Recent studies

Moderate drinking with friends reduces anxiety

A study conducted a few years ago, following a scientific collaboration between the American National Institute of Mental Health and the University of Haifa, sheds light on the complex Israeli reality and its relation to alcohol. The study, which followed operation Cast Lead in 2008, was composed of interviews conducted with about 1,600 Israelis and Palestinians. The study showed that moderate drinking reduces anxiety and depression caused by terrorism and war. According to the results, the level of depression was lower among those, who consumed alcohol at least once a week, compared to those, who rarely drank alcohol or didn’t drink at all.

The researchers concluded that moderate drinking, which mostly took place at social events or family meetings, had a positive impact mainly due to the soothing effect of social support. The obvious conclusion is that moderate drinking creates a supporting and reassuring environment.

Children begin to crave alcohol at the age of 9

A recently published study revealed the significance of parents’ influence on their children when it comes to alcohol. The study, conducted by the American Academy of Pediatrics, shows that children begin to think about alcohol in a positive way and crave it between the ages of 9-13. 50% of the children aged 12-14 who started drinking alcohol, tended to drink excessively – 4-5 servings of alcohol within two hours.

According to the study, about 30% of Americans older than 12, i.e. about 60.1 million people, drink to excess every month. 59% of the surveyed high school students confessed that they drank at home or at their friend’s home, where parents have the most influence and can prevent drinking, and explain the problems related to it.

Moderate drinking was found to be effective in patients with Type 2 Diabetes

In recent years, the number of people suffering from diabetes in general and type 2 diabetes, in particular, has significantly increased. Diabetes is a disease that involves high blood sugar levels that disrupt the metabolism. When blood sugar is higher than necessary, the body and its functions are damaged. A continuous excess of glucose (sugar) in the blood is called hyperglycemia. There are various factors causing both types of diabetes, but they are both characterized by an excessive amount of glucose in the blood.

In a study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine magazine, it was reported that researches from the Ben-Gurion University have examined the relation between alcohol and type 2 diabetes. 224 patients with type 2 diabetes were surveyed – none of them drinks wine. They were instructed to drink 5 grams of each of the following drinks during dinner: mineral water, dry white wine or dry red wine (a wine glass that is about a half of a regular glass contains about 100 cc, or 100 grams). The study was conducted under the supervision of dietitians, who recommended the patients a menu based on Mediterranean diet. The data was evaluated at the beginning of the study, six months later and two years later. The conclusion was clear – patients who drank wine significantly increased the amount of good cholesterol in their bodies, decreased the metabolic syndrome and slept better compared to the group of patients, who drank water.