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Drink to Your Health: The Heart-Healthy Benefits of Wine

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The Health Risks Involved

Before you think wine's antioxidant properties are reason enough to toast every celebration, know this: In September of 2007, U.S. researchers announced that an average of three or more drinks a day -- be it wine, beer, or hard alcohol -- can raise a woman's risk of breast cancer as much as smoking a pack of cigarettes. Ethyl alcohol, present in all booze, is the suspected culprit. Studies showed that women who consumed one or two drinks a day upped their risk for breast cancer by 10 percent, while those who consumed three or more drinks a day raised their risk by as much as 30 percent.

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