Moderate alcohol consumption may provide some health benefits, such as: Reducing your risk of developing and dying of heart disease, reducing your risk of ischemic stroke, and reducing your risk of diabetes among other health benefits.
1. Moderate alcohol consumption helps your heart.
Alcohol helps your heart in a few ways: It raises HDL or good cholesterol as well as prevents blood from clotting. Drinking a small amount of alcohol is likely not harmful for your heart as lowers your risk of heart disease.
2. Helps your brain.
A drink or two a few times a week may make you less likely to get Alzheimer's disease. In fact, the MIND diet, specifically designed to lower your risk of the disease, has wine as one of its 10 "brain healthy" food groups. It also reduces risk of stroke and heart disease, both of which can speed up the effects of Alzheimer's.
3. Prevents kidney stones.
While excessive consumption of alcohol could put someone at a greater risk for kidney stones, moderate consumption can actually prevent kidney stones. For instance, white wine, and red wine all helps in reducing a person's risk for kidney stones when consumed at a moderate rate.
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