Friday, February 22, 2008

To Drink or Not to Drink?

Drinking alcohol is one of your body's tightropes-there's a clear line that keeps you on the right health track, but a wrong step can easily knock you off. Clearly, alcohol can have lots of benefits: It can decrease inflammation to keep your arteries younger, and that means fewer heart attacks, strokes, even wrinkles. But if you funnel down booze like a triathlete slurping gatorade, it can raise the risk of cancer and other diseases. So stick to that "moderate" amount: That's 1-2 drinks a night for men and 1/2-1 a night for women.
By the way, a drink is defined as 5 ounces of wine, 1.5 ounces of spirits or 12 ounces of beer. Anything over about 2 and a half drinks daily for men and 1 and a half drinks for women is the health equivalent of living like you're in Animal House. :)