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2. Less is more with alcohol

Of course, controversy swirls when it comes to the subject of alcohol and its health benefits versus harms. It can be argued that certain types of alcohol (i.e. wine) are preferred over others (i.e. beer) for their health benefits.

For example, research conducted by the Mayo Clinic found that daily consumption of red wine may reduce the risk of heart disease, stroke, and promote heart health due to a vintage red polyphenol called resveratrol, which increases good cholesterol (HDL). The protective capacities of the arteries of red wine are lost if it is not led in moderation.

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3. Don’t drink for health reasons

Alright, moderation might be the preferred method of drinking. However, the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute as well as the American Heart Association do not recommend drinking alcohol as a way to keep heart disease at bay.

In fact, experts are clear that alcohol addiction can lead to liver damage, obesity, certain cancers, high blood pressure, and even heart failure. Doctors agree that people with poor cardiovascular health or patients taking aspirin should avoid alcohol altogether.

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4. Do you know your daily limits?

Moderation is fine in theory, but are you really aware of your set daily alcohol limit? The National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism states that a single drink can be considered a 12-ounce serving of beer, 1/5 ounce of distilled spirits, and a 5-ounce glass of wine.

In addition, age and gender are taken into account (i.e. weight), which is why experts recommend sticking to 1 drink per day for healthy women and men. health over 65, and 2 drinks per day for men under 65.

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