The Right Amount of Alcohol to Drink, According to Research

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Let’s be honest: What man doesn’t deserve a nice drink or two after a stressful work day? Amidst conflicting reports and studies on exactly how much daily or weekly alcohol consumption is healthy for the average male, science seems to have finally come to a general consensus on how many drinks you can — healthfully — have each day. For those of you who are fans of a daily beer or glass of wine, rejoice! Science is giving us the green light to drink — a little, anyway.

Scientists have found that “moderate alcohol use — about one to two drinks per day — was correlated with the healthiest aging, while very low and high consumption were linked to accelerated aging,” according to a new study by the American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG). The ASHG’s 2015 Annual Meeting, held in early October, revealed that heavy alcohol consumption can “cause epigenetic changes to DNA that reflect accelerated biological aging in distinct, measurable ways.”

Additionally, part of the study found that all levels of exposure to cigarette smoke were associated with significant premature aging (i.e. wrinkles and graying hair). So if you’re thinking about keeping your looks intact for as long as you can, lay off the cigarettes and avoid heavy drinking.

To dig a little deeper into moderate alcohol consumption, here is a closer look at just how much those two drinks a day affect your health, according to the ASHG. The Mayo Clinic outlines the exact benefits of moderate alcohol consumption:

  • Can reduce your risk of developing or dying of heart disease
  • Can possibly reduce your risk of diabetes
  • Can possibly reduce your risk of ischemic stroke, which is when the arteries of your brain become narrowed or blocked, causing reduced blood flow

But proceed with caution. The consequences of drinking too much alcohol range from hangovers to life-changing diseases. Not only can alcohol impair your decision-making and motor skills and inhibit bodily functions and systems, but it is frequently a factor in vehicular accidents, violence, unplanned pregnancy, and sexually transmitted diseases.

In addition, excessive alcohol consumption can lead to alcohol poisoning, which could possibly be lethal. It’s reported that in the U.S. alone there were an estimated 88,000 deaths between 2006 to 2010 due to alcohol poisoning. No one will care about how many shots you did when you end up in a hospital having your stomach pumped. Remember gentlemen, always drink responsibly.

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