We have all heard it before. Alcohol is bad for you! Alcohol causes accidents, alcohol is a carcinogen, and alcohol cases moral and social degradation! This is true but it requires high doses over a prolonged period of time and on a regular basis.
At low doses, and what I mean by that is 1 to 2 glasses of red wine each evening, it has more health benefiting than health damaging effects. Red wine in particular is the best source of alcohol since it also contains Resveratrol, the anti-oxidative molecule that protects our arteries and our hearts.
But what about alcohol itself? What are its health benefits, if any? Well, alcohol is a neuro-depressant. It slows down the firing of brain cells and thus eases the inhibitions and relaxes the mind. It binds to certain receptors in our brain that also bind a neurotransmitter called GABA. GABA is a molecule that inhibits over-excitation of our nerve cells.