Benefits of alcohol and drinking
We’ve all heard that old saying: Drink in moderation or else you’ll do more harm than good. It sounds like a mixed message: too much alcohol may increase your risk of health problems and damage your heart. On the other hand, drinking alcohol may offer some health benefits, especially for your heart.
That’s because while research suggests small amounts of booze can be good for us, drinking in excess can harm your heart, brain, and waistline. According to the American Heart Association, those health perks cap out at one drink per day for women and two daily for men.
Indeed, if you’re not a drinker, the potential benefits alone aren’t reason enough to start, Dr. Michael Levy, a Massachusetts-based clinical psychologist and author of “Take Control of Your Drinking…and You May Not Need to Quit,” told Fox News. If you’re drinking more than what’s recommended, consider scaling back, Levy recommended. Give your liver a break by taking a 7 day alcohol detox and for more serious cases a drug and alcohol treatment program may be necessary.
Nevertheless, you can still feel good about enjoying a glass or two of your favorite happy-hour beverage of choice. Here’s why:
Possible health benefits of moderate alcohol use
What it may be good for: Your brain
Being a light-to-moderate tippler is associated with a reduced risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease (particularly for people who don’t have the gene that makes you more prone to Alzheimer’s), per a 2012 research review published in the International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry. Researchers noted that wine — which is packed with anti-inflammatory antioxidant polyphenols — seems to offer the best protection out of all types of booze.
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