Feb 262002

The unhealthy side affects related to alcohol consumption – beer belly, hangovers, liver damage, etc. – are well-known to most college students.

Some students may be surprised to learn of a possible healthy, but still intoxicating, alternative to beer and hard alcohol: Wine.

According to an article published by the Journal of the American Medical Association, moderate alcohol consumption (one or two drinks per day) may reduce your risk of coronary heart disease and lower your risk of a stroke.

Studies have shown that drinking a glass of wine once a day, or even once a week, can reduce the risk of stroke.

Researchers suggest that the alcohol breaks up blood clots and increases HDL (“good”) cholesterol in the bloodstream, thus helping to keep the arteries clean.

According to oxygen.com, wine also contains a compound known as resveratrol, which has been studied as an effective agent in fighting cancer.

A recent study by Harvard University found that moderate wine consumption reduces the risk of kidney stones in women by 56 percent. n

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