Beating stress is always a good way to increase your health, and according to Dr. Lu Wang of Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, wine, cocktails, and/or beer daily may help women to lose weight or at least not gain weight like their non drinking contemporaries.
A 13 year study finds that women may gain less weight over time if they drink wine. Average-weight women who drank one or two servings of alcohol daily appeared to gain less weight and had a lower risk of becoming obese than those who did not drink or those who drank too much, according to a report in the March 8 Archives of Internal Medicine.
There are also some other health benefits for women consuming one glass of an alcoholic beverage daily. The key is moderation, of course.
- Reducing your risk of developing heart disease
- Reducing your risk of peripheral vascular disease
- Reduce your risk of dying of a heart attack
- Possibly reduce your risk of strokes
- Reduce your risk of getting gallstones
- Possibly reduce your risk of diabetes
- Reduce the risk of gaining weight over time
- Stress relief
Risks of over indulging include:
- Cancer of the pancreas, mouth, pharynx, larynx, esophagus and liver, as well as breast cancer
- Sudden death in people with cardiovascular disease
- Heart muscle damage
- High blood pressure
- Cirrhosis of the liver
- Miscarriage and fetal alcohol syndrome
- Injuries due to impaired motor skills - Don't drink and drive!
- Depression and suicide
The bottom line is to consume no more than one glass of wine, beer, or a cocktail per day. More than that can cancel out any health benefits provided.