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Is it time to rethink how much you drink?

From Harvard Health Publishing

Contrary to popular belief, a drink or two per day might not help your heart, especially if you’re over 65. Learn if, why, and how you should cut back on alcohol.

Moderation in all things may be sound advice in many situations. But when it comes to drinking alcohol, you might want to reconsider that stance. For one thing, the evidence that moderate alcohol use is good for your heart is fairly weak (see “Alcohol and your heart: What’s the evidence?”). For another, many people have a poor grasp of what actually counts as “moderate” drinking. Finally, what constitutes a safe level of drinking can change over time, because alcohol affects your body differently as you age.

“In my experience, people’s perceptions of what constitutes moderate drinking are not always accurate,” says Dr. Monika Kolodziej, a psychologist who specializes in substance use disorders at Harvard-affiliated Mclean Hospital. People may stick to one or two daily drinks, but the actual volume of alcohol in their wine glass or tumbler is quite a bit more than they realize, she says. For some people, “one drink” may be 6 ounces of whiskey — which actually counts as four drinks. Many mixed drinks, such as martinis and margaritas, contain more than one type (and serving) of alcohol (see “What is a standard drink?”).  CLICK HERE TO CONTINUE

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