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Filed Under: Health Foods at 5:00 pm | By: Susan Coyle, Senior Editor
WineIt’s been a long day. You spent the first two hours of work in your boss’s office, being reprimanded. You spent the following six tediously trudging through a project that should have been completed last week. You fought with traffic the entire way home. You were confronted with a crazed dog and destroyed living room the minute you walked through the door. And to top it all off, the power blew before you could make dinner. Pretzels it is . . . again. What is the one thing you want that might help you wind down, the one cool liquid that, for unexplainable reasons, would be perfect right about now? Wine? Beer? Whiskey?

Hopefully, you only selected one of those. I, personally, am thinking wine. And as I pour my glass, I take comfort in knowing that my drink isn’t just soothing my stress but possibly helping my health as well. Studies have shown that a little bit of alcohol – depending on the type – can do a little bit of good.  Wine, for example, is chock full of antioxidants. Its most dominant one, resveratrol, is thought to fight heart disease, Alzheimer’s, cancer and various signs of aging. And, beer is not without its benefits, either. When researchers fed rats varying amounts of beer, the ones that consumed the equivalent of one or two a day performed better on object recall and emotional memory tests.  So it looks like the occasional glass of beer or wine can’t hurt, but as with everything, we must always remember moderation.

Excessive drinking can result in numerous problems. Let’s put aside the immediate ones (drunkenness, alcohol-related injury, nausea etc.), and focus on the gradual effects. A recent study determined that regular consumption of ANY type of alcohol can increase a woman’s risk of breast cancer. The analysis of more than 70,000 women found that drinking even just one or two glasses a night worsened the danger by 10 percent. Having three or more made that number 30.  In and of itself, that should be enough to reduce your drinking habits, but if it’s not, think about the other health problems. As with anything you put into your body, save water, alcohol comes with a calorie count. Regularly polishing off the bottle is going to pack on the pounds, not to mention destroy your liver. You’ll be overweight, with a damaged liver and possibly cancer. Hmm. Not exactly a walk in the park is it?

The key to alcohol consumption is finding the line between being a teetotaler and being a lush. A glass of wine or beer every once in a while can be a great benefit, but too much can be a great detriment. You want to limit yourself, be conscious of how much you’re consuming and think before you drink. Feel free to unwind with a beer; just don’t kick the keg.

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