Thanks for the quote from the Healthy Heart book. However, keep in mind that "permissable" in terms of heart health is not the same as recommended by the doctor or as being good for other aspects of health. And based on all that Dr. McDougall has written over several decades, I doubt he would suggest that daily drinking (and by a female whose risks are higher as noted above) is OK.
Dr. McDougall does not shy away from sharing the scientific results that may provide a positive light on a behavior such as alcohol consumption. Sometimes his willingness to share that information is interpreted as approval. However, his recommendations weigh all the evidence and are not based on only one aspect of health. Here is his website article on alcohol consumption:http://www.drmcdougall.com/alcohol.html
It says in part:
The benefits for the reduction of heart disease with the moderate use of alcohol revealed by scientific research have caused some doctors to advocate temperate drinking. But, the overall effects on health are negative, especially for people who fall within the 10 percent of the population who are problem drinkers.
Although moderate use of alcohol reduces risks of heart disease, it dramatically increases the risks of dying from other causes, such as cirrhosis, loss of the liver, cancer, violence, and accidents.
Thanks. I've read that and there is a lot of information to absorb. While we appreciate all the advice, we all make our own choices and we have decided to consume red wine in accordance with Dr McDougall's recommendation. I guess we'd still be interested in other ways to reduce cholesterol that don't include a statin or wine