Consumer Reports: Health and drinking

Consumer Reports: Health and drinking. (WPEC)

Chances are you've heard that alcohol in moderation may offer health benefits, but could other negatives outweigh the benefits?

With the holidays just around the corner, there's plenty of reason to celebrate with a cocktail or two. But how much is too much?

Many studies have found that alcohol in moderate amounts, 1 drink a day for women and 2 drinks a day for men is linked to lower risk of heart attack, stroke, and death from cardiac-related problems.

Other research suggests moderate drinking may be linked to an elevated risk of breast cancer and, especially among smokers, of throat and mouth cancers.

One study even found that men who drank moderately had higher odds of a brain condition that could be a sign of early Alzheimer’s.

Most experts agree that even though it's not totally without risk, 1 or 2 drinks daily is fine.

“Anything more and you should consider cutting back. And that means really sticking within the U.S. guidelines for moderation,” says Julia Calderone, Consumer Reports Health Editor.

Here is the key, don’t be heavy handed with your pour, one drink is one and half ounces for hard liquor and only 5 ounces for wine.

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