Thursday, September 2, 2010

No, Stupid, It's The MES!

Scant days ago I posted about the value of our Microsomal Enzyme System (MES), and the need to keep it in tip-top shape by regularly imbibing a smidgen of alcohol.  Lo and behold, the August 30th National Post headline screamed: "Heavy Drinkers Live Longer Than Non-drinkers Study Finds", followed by a more critical bit of information (the underlining is mine): "Abstaining from drinking alcohol tends to increase one's risk of dying and moderate drinking is associated with the lowest mortality rates in research on alcohol use, a new study indicates.  The study, published in the journal Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, can't explain why abstainers' mortality rates are higher than those of heavy drinkers ..."  The takeaway here (in case you missed it) is that moderate drinkers live the longest - longer than both heavy drinkers and teetotallers!  Unfortunately the author, Jodi Lai, then repeats some hazy theories for this seemingly shocking bit of science - based on that much respected medical authority, Time magazine.  No, Jodi, it's not socioeconomic class, sociability of the souse, or that many current abstainers incurred health problems from drinking before joining AA - the correct answer is basic physiology, the Microsomal Enzyme System in moderate drinkers is detoxifying all kinds of threats to their longevity!