December 2011 Issue

Say Cheers! to Drinking (Moderately)

Alcohol may make you happy, but can it really keep you healthy? The good news is that moderate alcohol intake can fit into a healthy lifestyle and even offer some benefits—welcome tidings for the estimated 100 million American adults who drink alcohol responsibly. Alcohol’s potentially positive effects on health and quality of life have been on the public health radar screen for decades, dating back to 1979, when one of the first research papers was published on the topic.

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