Is Alcohol Racist For Not Giving Blacks Same Health Benefits As Whites?

by Grace Somes
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According to researchers at Harvard T.H. Chan School Of Public Health, mortality risks in whites may be reduced by moderate alcohol consumption. But, its protective effect may be absent for people of African descent.

A glass of wine at dinner?

Previous research suggested that moderate consumption of red wine could have health benefits for those with type 2 diabetes. According to the American Diabetes Association, drinking red wine can lower blood sugar for up to a day. Unfortunately, these studies were conducted among chiefly white populations.

New studies seem to suggest that blacks may not experience similar health benefits.

What does the new discovery say?

Researchers found that the relationship between drinking liquor and mortality varied by race and gender.

White men who consumed one to two glasses three or seven days a week had a lower mortality risk, which is equal to that of black men who did not drink at all.

For women, black women who consumed one drink twice a week had the same mortality risk as white women who drank one drink three to seven days a week.

Limitations of the study

The authors proposed additional research into other factors that could affect the link between alcohol and mortality risk. These facets include physical activity, diet, and sleep.

Socioeconomic status, genetics, environment, and gender could also influence the relationship between drinking wine and mortality risk.

The question of whether red wine is good for any individual, including Black people, is primarily related to the potential health benefits and risks associated with its consumption.

In summary, if you are a black individual considering the consumption of red wine or any alcoholic beverage, it’s vital to do so in moderation. And remember to confer with a healthcare provider, especially if you have any underlying health conditions.

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