Booze gets a bad rap. But alcohol isn’t to blame for poor judgment, bad balance, and double vision. OVERDOING it is.
Besides, booze has a whole other side. For folks who keep the habit light, there can be benefits. For example, you’ve likely heard that wine in moderation may support heart health.
And recently, I told you about how booze could boost brain health.
Now scientists say that the same alcohol could also help protect against one of the leading causes of vision loss in seniors. In fact, according to a recent study, it could even help you dodge cataract surgery.
So if you enjoy a drink from time to time, go ahead and pour yourself a glass. And then I’ll help you pore over the latest research on the peeper-protecting powers of booze.
Slash cataract surgery risk up to 23%
The new study confirms what we’ve seen before. Light to moderate drinking… of any kind… potentially has some big-time benefits.
In the new study, folks who enjoyed a little booze were less likely to need cataract surgery. And while that’s become a fairly routine procedure, let’s face it, we ALL want to avoid going under the knife if we can.
Overall, drinking up to four times a week… for a maximum of 6.5 drinks… could cut the odds of cataract surgery by up to 7 percent. But some kinds of alcohol are better than others when it comes to aging-eye benefits.
Researchers say folks who enjoy antioxidant-rich red wine in moderation have between a 14 percent and 23 percent lower risk of cataract surgery than teetotalers.
With fewer antioxidants, white wine and champagne delivered a slightly lower benefit. But moderate white wine drinkers still cut their risk by an impressive 10 percent.
Beer and spirits offered a bit more eye protection than white wine and champagne, cutting the odds of surgery by about 14 percent on average. But they did come with one catch.
Don’t overdo or you could INCREASE cataracts risk
It turns out DAILY beer or spirits drinkers, even when they kept the habit moderate, got NO benefit at all. In fact, daily drinking can even INCREASE the odds of cataract surgery by up to 6 percent.
But keep in mind that number includes all drinkers. This means it contains folks who overdo it too, and not just the one-drink-a-day types.
But in general, the “sweet spot” appears to be having fewer than seven drinks. And having them spread out over three or four nights a week. In other words, a drink some nights… maybe a second glass some others… but NOT as a daily habit.
As I mentioned earlier, along with protecting you from cataracts, that same light drinking pattern may also help fight off other chronic conditions, including dementia and heart disease. Some studies even show that light to moderate drinkers live longer, too.
Of course, if you don’t drink, this isn’t a reason to start. But if you already enjoy a little wine or alcohol from time to time, then the new report shows it’s not just pleasant. It’s protective.
So go ahead and drink up!