Drink in moderation

5oz glassIf you choose to drink wine, please do so in moderation. Although many commercial sites recommend a daily drink, research results suggest 3 - 4 drinks a week should be the maximum. Size matters too. For healthy adults, up to 5 fluid ounces per drink for women of all ages and men older than age 65, and up to 10 fluid ounces per drink for men under 65.

Positive effects

Red wine, in moderation, has long been thought of as heart healthy. The alcohol and certain substances in red wine called antioxidants may help prevent heart disease by increasing levels of "good" cholesterol (HDL) and protecting against artery damage.

Research conducted at the Yale School of Public Health in 2009, suggests that wine may have some protective benefits against some forms of cancer. 

Downside effects

Alcohol can impair your ability to drive. It is estimated that 28 people in the US die everyday as a result of drunk driving.

Too much alcohol can have harmful effects on your body including higher risk of heart attack, stroke, chronic blood pressure, and problems with bone healing.