(Moderate) Boozing Boosts Your Immune System

New study gives you a reason to have that New Year's drink
By Newsy, a Newser Video Partner
Posted Dec 31, 2013 4:17 PM CST

(Newser) – Brace yourself for the best news you'll hear this New Year's Eve: A moderate amount of alcohol can strengthen your immune system, according to a new study. The study monitored three groups of monkeys over the course of 14 months. In the beginning of the study, all the animals had similar responses to a vaccine for smallpox. Then, one group only drank water, while another drank alcohol in moderation and a third group had excess amounts of alcohol. The animals were vaccinated again seven months into the study, only to find the moderate-drinking monkeys responded the best to vaccination. But, as expected, the group labeled as heavy drinkers had a weakened immune system because of the alcohol.

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