Is Alcohol Good for You?

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Alcohol, when consumed on a daily basis in serious moderation, can have some health benefits. Cardiovascular benefits can occur for those who drink one alcoholic beverage per day. However, this is not the norm of many drinkers, even moderate ones.

Having seven drinks in a night, and teetotaling for the remainder of the week is not the equivalent to one drink per day, when concerning the benefits of alcohol. According to Harvard's School of Public Health, one drink per day promotes heart health and can cause extra folate production in the body. For these moderate drinkers, type 2 diabetes and gallbladder issues occur less frequently.

For heavier drinkers, however, there are health problems as opposed to health benefits. Those who drink heavily are more prone to have liver problems, heart problems and are prone to alcoholism. Over 18.2 million Americans have alcoholic tendencies or are alcoholics, according to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. Heavy drinking and alcoholism can lead to liver failure, cancer of the mouth, coma and death. Women who drink heavily also have a greater risk of developing breast cancer. Overall, alcohol is not good for a person, unless they strictly limit their intake to one alcoholic beverage per day.