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Health Benefits of Moderate Alcohol Consumption

ORLANDO—A recent study conducted at the University of Central Florida and published in the journal Age and Ageing found that consuming a moderate amount of alcohol could help reduce the risk of heart disease and frailty.

The study assessed the alcohol consumption of more than 3200 participants over the age of 65. The researchers analyzed any health benefits associated with alcohol.

The team found that those who consumed moderate amounts of alcohol had significantly lower levels of inflammation, which can cause several chronic illnesses, such as heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. In addition, the moderate consumers were less frail, compared to those who did not consume any alcohol.

However, these benefits were only seen when alcohol was consumed in moderation. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, moderate alcohol consumption is considered 1 drink per day for women and 2 drinks per day for men.

If you are interested in reducing your risk of heart disease and frailty, you might want to consider adding 1 or 2 alcoholic beverages to your diet.

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