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What's Healthier, Cycling or Moderate Alcohol Use?

Old 04-03-19, 08:52 PM
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What's Healthier, Cycling or Moderate Alcohol Use?

I'd say, 'cycling,' is healthier than drinking -- if, you have to choose -- but, there seems to be a lot more info about the benefits of alcohol than was ever conceded in the past, one of'm being... longevity, e.g., https://sciencebasedmedicine.org/the...rate-drinking/

Benefits of alcohol

According to this website, there is evidence that drinking wine provides the following health benefits:
  1. Promotes longevity
  2. Reduces heart attack risk
  3. Reduces risk of heart disease
  4. Reduces risk of Type 2 diabetes
  5. Lowers risk of stroke
  6. Cuts risk of cataracts
  7. Cuts risk of colon cancer
  8. Slows brain decline
Alcohol consumption is not without risk but you don't have to 'Google' the Mayo Clinic to learn that riding a bike isn't a risk-free activity either.
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Why do you have to choose?

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Pfft...I do both. Best of both worlds.
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Here here.
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I'm pretty sure that the benefits of riding bikes easily outweighs any previously believed benefits of moderate drinking.

No Amount Of Alcohol Is Good For Your Health, Global Study Says
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I'm pretty sure that the benefits of riding bikes easily outweighs any previously believed benefits of moderate drinking.

No Amount Of Alcohol Is Good For Your Health, Global Study Says
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Mayo Clinic says:

"But studies have shown that the health benefits of alcohol are generally similar among wine, beer and spirits.

"If you do not drink alcohol, no one recommends you start drinking it for health reasons. You can make many heart-healthy lifestyle choices that do not include alcohol.

"Alcohol can have several positive effects on the body's heart and blood vessels — the cardiovascular system. First, studies have found that drinking alcohol in moderation increases your high-density lipoprotein (HDL) or "good" cholesterol, which helps carry away and break down extra cholesterol in blood that could otherwise block your arteries. Alcohol thins your blood, too, making it less likely that your arteries will form a blood clot. Moderate alcohol intake can lower inflammation throughout your body, as well, and that can also have a positive effect on your cardiovascular system.

"These factors combine to result in a lower rate of cardiovascular disease in people who drink moderate amounts of alcohol than in people who do not drink alcohol at all. In addition to the heart benefits, moderate alcohol intake can slightly lower your risk of type 2 diabetes, stroke and Alzheimer's disease."
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How does drinking wine (unnecessary calories) decrease the risk of diabetes?

You don't think a website with wine in the name could be anything but impartial right?
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Naah, just a coincidence. Who knew science would eventually prove that drinking alcohol was the key to good health? After decades of observing alcohol users, I have long suspected this to be the case. One can only hope for the day that vodka is routinely added to the water supply just like fluoride.
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oops. pretty sure i'm subscribed to doing a little bit more than moderate on both cycling and drinking. oh well.
just hoping to live long enuff to actually see consumer ability to pick and choose each and every cable network
they prefer vs being saddled with packages of channels they dgaf about. thread drifting but hey, no rosé.
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One would need to rather stringently define "healthier" for the OP to have any meaning.
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It was a very good thing Rowan chose cycling rather than drinking alcohol prior to his accident ... and during his recovery.

Cycling is much better for the brain.
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Do you think the source website might be biased?
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Lots of Cycling and a little drinking... works for me,
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Not a model for drinking behavior by any means, but a certain 2x UCI hour record holder and holder of UCI track pursuit world champ and world records was a pretty bad alcoholic.
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What's Healthier, Cycling or Moderate Alcohol Use?
Originally Posted by tagaproject6 View Post
Pfft...I do both. Best of both worlds.
Originally Posted by rayooo View Post
Lots of Cycling and a little drinking... works for me,
I recently posted to this thread,”Goodby to bad habits”:
Originally Posted by Cougrrcj View Post
Waving off BEER??? THAT's Just Not Right!!! When I ride, I tend to burn off the toxins in my body anyway, so a few beers won't kill me... That's my story, and I'm sticking to it !!!
Originally Posted by Xyrium View Post
Way less calories in bourbon....just sayin'...
Originally Posted by jppe View Post
Heck, one of the key reasons I ride is so I can embellish my vices!!!
Originally Posted by Jim from Boston View Post
I do like my martinis, especially après cycling.
Originally Posted by freedomrider1 View Post
Jim, I thought you had everything you needed in that huge bag on the back of your bike.
Originally Posted by Louis View Post
...the portable martini kit. What the hell, man, he's ready now.....
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...And I can assure you, the portables are potable!
Originally Posted by Jim from Boston View Post
I once had a chat with a Marathon Runner, and he touted the bracing cardiovascular effects of a run.

I told him I appreciated the detoxifying effects of good bike ride, especially after a fine (indulgent) meal the night before...

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From what I was told, Dennis Christopher smokes cigarettes, or at least he did.
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Originally Posted by Jim from Boston View Post
I recently posted to this thread,”Goodby to bad habits”:
And it's still too cumbersome to parse through.
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Originally Posted by indyfabz View Post
From what I was told, Dennis Christopher smokes cigarettes, or at least he did.
Yeah, but Pee Wee Herman ... adult theater ... never mind.
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Originally Posted by Jim from Boston View Post
I recently posted to this thread,”Goodby to bad habits”:
Originally Posted by indyfabz View Post
And it's still too cumbersome to parse through.
Agree and duly edited.
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So ... there you go.

Study finds a bottle of wine a week is as bad as smoking 10 cigarettes

https://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/he...6d607412f01fda
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"What's Healthier, Cycling or Moderate Alcohol Use?"

That's actually one of the more stupid things I've ever seen proposed.
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Originally Posted by Machka View Post
So ... there you go.

Study finds a bottle of wine a week is as bad as smoking 10 cigarettes

https://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/he...6d607412f01fda
Who ever said smoking 10 cigarettes a week was bad for you? That "fact" has not yet been established in this thread. It's probably no worse than drinking a bottle of wine during that same period. May as well just do both, plus a little glue-sniffing and Robitussin on the side.

Damn! I picked the wrong week to give up cough syrup!
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Moderate drinking is good for the circulatory system. Bad for the liver.
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Originally Posted by Maelochs View Post
One would need to rather stringently define "healthier" for the OP to have any meaning.
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​​​​​​Nobody has any idea what healthy means!
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