Dec
20
2007

A drink to your health – or at least to prevent a cold

Is this your medicine cabinate?: Recent studies show that moderate alcohol consumption may help prevent you from catching a cold, but it won't cure you once you have one.
Is this your medicine cabinate?: Recent studies show that moderate alcohol consumption may help prevent you from catching a cold, but it won't cure you once you have one.Courtesy brosner
Here’s some interesting news to consider in advance of your New Year’s Eve celebration. Moderate drinking of alcohol could help keep away the common cold.

A recent study found a 60 percent reduction in the risk of developing a cold among people who drank eight to 14 glasses of wine per week. Especially effective in preventing colds was the consumption of red wine. However, the study only looked at the linkages between alcohol consumption and cold risk. It didn’t go into the reasons why alcohol use could diminish the chances of getting a cold. Some researchers surmise that wine may have particular antioxidant properties that help fend off colds.

The findings of this study, conducted back in 2002, were resurrected after a report earlier this week in the New York Times that completely quashed the concept that drinking alcoholic beverages can help cure a cold.

That research showed that no study has ever been able to show that alcohol absorbed into the bloodstream can kill germs. The effects of alcohol consumption may relieve cold symptoms, but they won’t cure your cold. And since most alcoholic beverages will dehydrate you, they more likely will prolong any cold symptoms that you’re dealing with.

Your Comments, Thoughts, Questions, Ideas

Jordon's picture
Jordon says:

Hmm. Maybe, but I drink a lot, and I still get colds.

I also fall asleep outside pretty often, though.

posted on Fri, 12/21/2007 - 5:18pm
JARVIS's picture
JARVIS says:

This to me is just going to be another reason for alcoholics to drink. Their excuse is going to be "I have a cold I am not an alcoholic.

posted on Thu, 03/13/2008 - 10:28am

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