How much alcohol is really OK?

(HealthDay)—All the good news/bad news studies about alcohol can leave you confused. But research suggests that you still need to keep moderation in mind when you raise a glass.

You may have heard reports about red wine in particular, and the suggestion that it can boost health, especially heart health, because of its antioxidant resveratrol. According to a round-up of studies published in Consumer Reports, moderate amounts of red wine may confer some benefits, but any pluses rapidly change to risks for heavy drinkers.

A research review about overall alcohol consumption, published in 2016 in the journal Circulation, confirmed that the picture is rather complex—there can be some immediate health threats from drinking any type of alcohol, even in moderate amounts.

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