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Sip Tip: Don't believe the hype

There has been a lot of hype touting the benefits of alcohol, but before people run to happy hour, we have to look for the evidence.

As it turns out, the evidence is a bit harder to prove that alcohol can be beneficial.  In fact, there isn't a health agency that currently advocates or recommends the use of alcohol as a health aid.  This is likely do to the abundance of other options for the same benefits.  For example, red wine has been noted for it's antioxidants.  However, it's unlikely that a doctor would begin to recommend that patients start drinking wine.  Often, these same benefits are available in other ways, such as, the foods we consume like fruits and vegetables.  Instead of believing the media hype, consider investigating what's recommended and what's necessary for your individual health.

Lastly, be mindful of the details.  If someone is a wine drinker already, they may be able to claim some benefits from the alcohol.  However, if they go over board, they lose the health benefits and can quickly be at risk for more health concerns.  When it comes to alcohol, going overboard can happen within a sip or two-- for women, the potential benefits are found within one (5oz) glass of wine or less, and for men they can find those benefits in up to two glasses of red.  If moderation isn't something that comes easy for a person, particularly around indulgences like alcohol, they are less likely to get those health benefits, and instead will find themselves at higher risk for the unpleasant/unhealthy side effects of alcohol use.