A new study suggests that cutting back may help your health and add years to your life. Looking at data from more than 400,000 adults, researchers found that having one or two drinks four or more times per week ups the risk of early death by 20 percent. Since the risk of early death is very low when you’re young but increases with age, the increased risk from moderate daily drinking becomes more significant with every decade. Keeping in mind that 5 ounces of wine, 12 ounces of beer, or 1.5 ounces of liquor constitutes one drink, take a clear-eyed look at your drinking habits and talk with your doctor about the benefits versus risks given your health and your family history. If alcohol is your go-to for relaxation, cultivate a practice that clearly offers more benefits than risks, like yoga, mindfulness meditation, or tai chi.
Source: Daily Drinking Is Associated with Increased Mortality
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