Happy news for happy hour: A glass of wine a day might keep the doctor away.

“This information is known. Other reports are that the good health effect is only with red wine. I posted this today because it states the current definition of over-drinking, which can be devastating.” Bill Chesnut, MD

Happy news for happy hour: A glass of wine a day might keep the doctor away.  Cleveland Clinic Wellness newsletter_February 11, 2016

A toast is in order! Recent research shows moderate alcohol consumption — defined as up to one drink a day for women and up to two for men — may improve immune system function and help us fight off infection. Based on previous research, we already know that moderate drinking can protect against cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, and gallstones. It’s important to keep in mind that the key is moderation. In the U.S., one drink means 12 ounces of beer, 5 ounces of wine, or 1.5 ounces of hard liquor, such as gin or whiskey. And you can’t save up either, so use it or lose it! Higher levels of drinking (more than seven drinks a week for women and 14 for men) may cause your efforts to backfire, harming the immune system, increasing blood pressure, and damaging heart muscle. It’s also has been linked with several cancers. So keep your quantity moderate as you enjoy your special beverage. Cheers!