We just want to stand up and applaud Koorosh Rassekh!
He’s an addiction treatment specialist and founder of Evo Health and Wellness in Venice, California. And he’s defending wine… kind of.
A recent study out of the U.K. found that when it comes to cancer risk, drinking one bottle of wine a week is the equivalent of smoking five-to-ten cigarettes per week.
“There is no doubt about it, this study is very frightening,” said Rassekh. “However, it’s important to look closer whenever we see studies that use provocative or shocking wording such as this one does. Should a person who enjoys a glass of wine a few nights a week suddenly become worried about developing cancer? And, if they become fearful of this, will this be a useful emotion in helping to change their behavior?”
Take that, stupid pot-stirring dukie heads!
“Fear tactics never work to change behavior long-term, and on the rare occasion that they do, it doesn’t cure the condition, just the symptom. Is a person who stops drinking a glass of wine with dinner going to be healthier and live longer as a result of this study?” said Rassekh. “Maybe, or maybe they will have an extra dessert, or maybe they will be resentful or stressed about this new choice they have been scared into. Studies like these don’t spark healthy choices, they simply scare people into dropping a ‘bad’ behavior without showing them how to develop coping skills or new healthier practices.”
Give this man a prize!
Rassekh says we should focus on what we should be doing and not the list of don’ts.
So… wine on. Responsibly.
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