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Question #807 posted on 09/23/2003 midnight
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,
We have all heard of the studies conducted that indicate ("conclude") that the consumption of alcohol in limited quantities are actually good for the drinker (with excess being bad, naturally). However, I have also heard of studies that show cranberry and red grape juice have the same positive effects, without the negative effects. My question is: Where can I find copies of these later studies to share with my friend who claims to drink mostly because of the health benefits?
- Alcohol is for the birds

A: Dear alcohol etc.
Here are two CNN articles that address your question. They make reference to peer-reviewed journals in which the actual research can be found:
http://www.cnn.com/2000/HEALTH/diet.fitness/07/03/french.paradox/index.html
http://www.cnn.com/2000/HEALTH/alternative/03/31/wine.heart.wmd/index.html
For the rest of you, it turns out that the alcohol is not what is helpful in wine. The flavenoids and other anti-oxidants are the important ingredients.
-Brother Tom