Drinking and Your Health

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Story Updated: Jul 23, 2012

Drinking alcohol, particularly red wine, has been linked to a reduced risk of health concerns including heart disease, stroke and dementia.

Red wine contains antioxidants and other substances that according to research help dilate the arteries and reduce inflammation in the body. A spokesperson for the American Heart Association tells Health Day TV that, Ã’Alcohol can definitely be part of a heart-healthy diet if you're drinking responsibly.

That means up to one drink a day for women and two drinks a day for men. One drink is 5 ounces of wine, 12 ounces of beer or a 1.5 ounce shot of liquor.

The important thing to know more is not better. Alcohol can raise your triglyceride levels, lead to higher blood pressure and cause weight gain.

Studies have also linked excessive drinking with an increased risk for certain cancers, asthma and allergies.

Bottom line, according to the American Heart Association, alcohol is only beneficial if you drink at a low level, don't take certain medications, don't have liver disease and are not pregnant.

You can find out more by visiting the Heart Association's website.

I'm Dr. Cindy Haines of HealthDay TV, with the news that doctors are reading; health news that matters to you.

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