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The Health Benefits of Alcohol

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Your Overall Intake: What You Need to Know

Though there is no universally accepted standard drink definition, in the U.S., one drink is usually considered to be 12 ounces of beer, 5 ounces of wine, or 1 1/2 ounces of hard alcohol.

If you choose to drink, moderation is key. "The benefits that you get come from moderate amounts, which are one to two drinks a day," says Young. "You can't save up and binge drink on the weekends. You're going to either use it or lose it."

Moreover, alcohol does have addictive properties, so if your family history has been prone to such problems, it's probably best to abstain from it entirely.

Originally published on, November 2007.



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crystalwhite9 wrote:

Seriously, get a hold of yourselves people...this is more likely a case of one step forward, and two steps back. There are plenty of other ways to reduce your cholesterol that don't include increasing your risks for cancer, cirrhosis or heart disease (the #1 killer of ALL AMERICANS, by the way).

1/24/2013 04:56:11 PM Report Abuse
crystalwhite9 wrote:

WHY is this article titled "The Health BENEFITS of Alcohol"? It states one positive benefit and then turns around and contradicts itself with a handful of negatives and risks. And, define "moderate"...because I was under the impression that 2 drinks in one sitting was "moderate".

1/24/2013 04:55:57 PM Report Abuse
lessieissel wrote:

That's good to hear when I am at social outings and people want me to join in the drinking...

1/26/2012 09:48:28 AM Report Abuse
uiytretyretey wrote:

Wines are said to have a good effects in our bodies because of its soothing power that gives us relief to stress. On the other hand, hard alcohol must still be avoided because of some factors that may contribute to liver problems, cancers and other form o0f illnesses.

3/2/2011 03:18:41 AM Report Abuse

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