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Want Long Life? No More Than 1 Drink a Day

More than that risks heart problems, researchers say

(Newser) - Here's some sobering news: A large international study says adults should average no more than one alcoholic drink per day, meaning drinking guidelines in many countries may be far too loose. The study found that people who down more than seven drinks a week can expect to die sooner... More »

There's Another Reason to Avoid Heavy Drinking

Study finds it's a risk factor for dementia

(Newser) - A new study suggests that heavy drinking raises a person's risk for dementia, especially the early-onset variety. The research, published in Lancet Public Health , looked at 1.1 million French hospital patients diagnosed with dementia from 2008 to 2013. Of those patients, 16.5% of the men and 4%... More »

Moderate Drinking May Lower Diabetes Risk

But experts warn not to over-indulge

(Newser) - Good news, wine and beer lovers: A new study finds that "moderate but regular" alcohol consumption appears to be linked to a lower risk of developing diabetes. Researchers surveyed more than 70,000 Danish participants over a five-year period and found that men who reported drinking 14 drinks a... More »

Think You're a Happy Drunk? Not So Fast

Those drinking and those observing perceive buzzed personality differently

(Newser) - Think you're a happy drunk, a real life of the party? Well, allow science to be your buzzkill. A study out of the University of Missouri published in Clinical Psychological Science finds there's a big difference in the personality you think you take on when you're drinking... More »

More Proof That Glass of Red Wine Is Good for You

Study finds real benefits among Type 2 diabetes patients

(Newser) - A glass of red wine a day might indeed keep the doctor away—at least that could be the case for those suffering from Type 2 diabetes, according to a new study . It suggests red wine in moderation helps patients manage cholesterol and improves cardiac health. Researchers set out to... More »

How This Woman Made It to 110: 3 Beers and a Shot

Preferably Johnnie Walker Blue

(Newser) - Agnes Fenton turned 110 on Saturday. It's a headline-worthy milestone, but the Englewood, NJ, woman's birthday is attracting extra attention because of an ABC News interview she gave at the young age of 105. In it, she was asked about the secret to a long life, and the... More »

Glory Days: Americans Used to Booze All Day

National Archives takes a look at our history with alcohol

(Newser) - The Puritans who were among those who first colonized America weren't exactly known as a bunch of wild and crazy guys ( crazy, maybe ; wild, no ), but they weren't exactly Puritanical about their booze, either. Our former colonial overlords over at the BBC take a look at... More »

US Senator Helps Voter— With Kegstand

Mary Landrieu is there for you when you need her

(Newser) - Mary Landrieu is a three-term United States senator, a member of one of Louisiana's political dynasties, and one of the more vulnerable Democrats facing re-election in November. She's also got your back if you're doing a kegstand. That's what one tailgater found out when Landrieu made... More »

Va. College Finds On-Campus Brewery —From 1700s

College of William and Mary stumbles across remains while widening sidewalk

(Newser) - Beer may or may not be proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy, but the College of William and Mary thinks it has proof that college kids' deep and abiding love of all things related to hops and barley goes all the way back to the... More »

Drink Up, America, It's Good for You

Moderate drinking is better than abstinence: Stanton Peele

(Newser) - Those who like a glass of wine or two each day will be happy to read Stanton Peele's essay in Pacific Standard with a headline that nicely sums up his case: "The Truth We Won't Admit: Drinking Is Healthy." Peele sets out not just to back... More »

(Moderate) Boozing Boosts Your Immune System

New study gives you a reason to have that New Year's drink

(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... More »

Binge-Drinking College Kids Are Happier

Study finds drinking is associated with social status

(Newser) - Well, this certainly won't help convince any college students to cut down on their boozing: A new study finds that those who binge drink are happier with their social lives than those who don't—and suggests that drinking in college may be more motivated by social factors than... More »

To Fight Bone Loss, Drink ... Wine

Study finds two glasses a night can help stave off osteoporosis

(Newser) - Move over, milk, there's a more fun drink that helps keep women's bones healthy as they get older: wine. Drinking the equivalent of two small glasses of wine each day helps post-menopausal women retain old bone, making their bones stronger overall and helping to fend off osteoporosis, according... More »

Moderate Drinking Can Fend Off Diabetes in Women

If you eat a lot of refined carbs, a little bit of alcohol helps: study

(Newser) - Good news for you ladies who like a little bit of wine and a lot of carbs: A new study shows that middle-aged women who drink a moderate amount of alcohol but eat a large amount of refined carbohydrates are 30% less likely to develop Type 2 diabetes than women... More »

Beer Can Be Good For Your Heart least in moderation

(Newser) - Bottoms up, beer lovers, because wine fans aren’t the only ones who get to rationalize their drinking habits anymore! Researchers examining 16 studies involving some 200,000 participants have concluded that drinking about a pint of beer a day reduces your risk of heart disease by an average of... More »

Medvedev: To Combat Alcoholism, Let's Drink Wine

'Alcohol abuse stem from other drinks,' he says

(Newser) - In order to combat alcoholism, Dmitry Medvedev would like Russia to push people to drink more wine. That is not a joke ... and neither is Russia's battle with alcoholism . Medvedev believes that encouraging people to put down the vodka bottle and pick up a nice chardonnay is one way... More »

Trying to Lose Weight? Drink Bad Wine

You'll eat less, says study ... even if you only think it's bad

(Newser) - Maybe the mere thought of drinking a North Dakota vintage is enough to put you off your feed: Discover digs up a study that found diners with unfavorable expectations about their wine ate less than their counterparts with favorable expectations. An analysis of plate waste found that people who were... More »

The Latest Sports Drink Craze: Beer

Gulp. It's non-alcoholic. Mostly. Gulp.

(Newser) - Beer: It's not just for couch potatoes anymore. A Bavarian brewmeister is touting its non-alcoholic beer as the latest sport drink for athletes, handing it out at the finish line of sporting events and touting its regenerative benefits. Unlike Gatorade, Erdinger Alkoholfrei is served up with a frothy head, and... More »

Beer Drinkers Don't Get Big Bellies, and Other Myths

Plus a few truths...

(Newser) - You probably memorized many of these drinking tips before you could legally drink. Thing is, a number of them are false. In an article excerpted from New Scientist, the Washington Post busts a few myths ... and confirms a few others. Things that just aren't true:
  • Coffee sobers you up: Caffeine
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Middle-Aged Women: Have That 2nd Drink

Turns out one to two drinks promote health in old age

(Newser) - Conventional wisdom (along with the American Heart Association) has long held that men can soak up the health benefits of alcohol by way of two drinks per day—while women have been told to not have more than one. Parity at last: Women who have a drink or two a... More »

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