Drinks with Trump vs. Kavanaugh

Drinks with Trump vs. Kavanaugh

A new study shows that drinking lightly four or more times per week may raise the risk of early death. So, when it comes to consuming alcohol who are you more aligned with?

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Sometimes after a long day it’s just easier to pop open a bottle of red or crack open a cold, refreshing beer. Studies show however that it’s not always the best option. Moreover, a recent study published in the journal Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research, reveals that even drinking lightly four or more times per week may raise the risk of early death, according to Time.

There are people all over the spectrum on this. On one hand, President Trump does not drink whatsoever. Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, on the other hand, admitted his liking for beer during his testimony.

Considering the general population, there are people who never drink, just like Trump, for various reasons. There are also people who are light drinkers, defined as having a drink or two per sitting. And of course, there are heavy drinkers.

The study found that light drinkers who drank four or more times per week had a roughly 20% higher risk of dying, than those who drank three or fewer times per week.

Dr. Sarah Hartz, an assistant professor of psychiatry at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, states that “The cutoff seems to be that we shouldn’t drink more than three times a week,” Likewise for Hartz, “The frequency of drinking does matter, in the same way that taking a medicine matters. If you take a medicine once a week, it impacts you differently than if you take a medicine every day.”

For President Trump, abstaining from drinking is a personal matter. According to Politico, his aversion was instilled by his father and the struggle of his older brother, Fred, whose alcoholism lead to his death at age 43. In tragedy, Trump chose to refrain from the vice and believed that it could prevent him from reaching the top ranks of the family’s business empire.

This goes hand in hand with a large research review on the topic of alcohol published in The Lancet in August. The author reveals that the only safe level of drinking is none at all. The review cites amplified risks of health problems ranging from car crashes to cancer.

Still, individual risks related to drinking vary. The study presented some heart-health benefits associated with light drinking, yet a higher risk of cancer associated with nearly any amount of alcohol consumption.

It’s no surprise that Trump’s abstinence is a rarity, in “booze-soaked Washington, where senators, lobbyists and White House staffers regularly drink stiff cocktails in wood-paneled downtown bars.” And Brett Kavanaugh’s excessive drinking, is the stark contrast.

Though strongly anti-alcohol, Trump apparently doesn’t see anything wrong with Kavanaugh’s habits. The president recalls his college days saying, “everybody was drinking. It was, like, normal,” but he, himself was “abnormal.” So, he doesn’t seem to be bothered Kavanaugh’s alcohol past.

Dr. Hartz also notes that as a recreational drinker, her takeaway message is that it isn’t a healthy behavior. Although this might be an obvious statement, sometimes people tend to forget. She also says that drinking “isn’t like smoking, where you should immediately quit. It’s bad for you, but we do a lot of things that are bad for us. Just don’t fool yourself into thinking this is a healthy behavior.”

While Kavanaugh has been reported drinking on several occasions and has been labelled a drinker by many parties, there is no reason to drink in such extremities that you expose yourself at a college party, as he has been accused of.

According to Mayo Clinic, alcohol can reduce health risks such as diabetes, heart disease, and ischemic stroke in small quantities while over drinking can result in cancer, pancreatitis, heart failure, etc and there is a fine line between the two.

Fermented beverages have been around for over 10,000 years and have been classified as a “tonic and a poison” according to a Harvard article on the risks and benefits of alcohol. They also say that moderate drinking can differ from person to person, it can mean one drink or 3 drinks and what constitutes as a drink varies from place to place but according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Dietary Guidelines for Americans after a recent census, moderate drinking is 1-2 drinks a day for men and 1 drink a day for women.

Even drinking lightly four or more times per week may raise the risk of early death. Are you a Trump or Kavanaugh when it comes to booze? Read more about these stories on Time here and Politico here.


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A new study shows that drinking lightly four or more times per week may raise the risk of early death. So, when it comes to consuming alcohol who are you more aligned with?

Totals
52% Trump
48% Kavanaugh
Males
49% Trump
51% Kavanaugh
Females
58% Trump
42% Kavanaugh

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