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Alcohol has been used medicinally throughout recorded history its medicinal properties are mentioned 191 times in the Old and New Testaments As early as the turn of the century there was evidence that moderate consumption of alcohol was associated with a decrease in the risk of heart attack And the evidence of health benefits of moderate consumption has continued to grow over time HansonThe Director of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism wrote that Numerous well-designed studies have concluded that moderate drinking is associated with improved cardiovascular health and the Nutrition Committee of the American Heart Association reported that The lowest mortality occurs in those who consume one or two drinks per day A World Health Organization Technical Committee on Cardiovascular Disease asserted that the relationship between moderate alcohol consumption and reduced death from heart disease could no longer be doubted But the benefits are not limited important as they are to reductions in heart disease HansonOne might assume that nondrinkers have a lower risk of heart disease and a longer lifespan than those who drink However this is not the case The relationship between drinking alcoholic beverages heart disease and overall mortality is defined by a J-shaped curve Moderate drinkers in fact have lower mortality rates than either non drinkers or heavy drinkers but heavier drinkers are at much greater risk than abstainers Heavy drinking greatly increases the chances of chronic poor health resulting in death from a number of causes The decrease in mortality for moderate drinkers is largely attributed to a decrease in heart attacks Small 29Alcohol as an intentional beverage has been supposed to have been created in the form of beer during the late Stone Age due to the discovery of beer jugs this was during the Neolithic period around 10000 BC Egyptians appear to have introduced wine in 4000 BC Some specialists have ventured to say that beer may have been a staple before bread thus one
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