Booze and Your Body: Is Alcohol Healthy?
To drink for your health or not to? Here's the latest news on the risks and benefits of alcohol:
It strengthens your bones, says a new study from Oregon State University.
It can raise breast cancer risk. In a review of studies, women who had a drink a day had a 4 percent increase in risk over those who didn't drink.
It's harmful in excess. Drinking more than a glass a day has been linked to a range of problems, including weight gain and even liver damage.
The bottom line
"A drink a day can be beneficial," says Elsa-Grace Giardina, MD, director of the Center for Women's Health at New York--Presbyterian Hospital. "If you're concerned about your breast cancer risk, you don't need to cut out alcohol altogether, but aim for a drink every other day or less."