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People who quit drinking alcohol report the highest level of mental well-being, with women in particular showing the greatest improvement in mental wellness, according to a new study published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal.
However, the research on the physical benefits of alcohol remain at odds: The results of a 26-year study support the prevalent gen-pop advice that moderate alcohol intake (e.g., that daily glass of vino) may reduce a woman’s risk for cardiovascular disease by 18 percent over those who don’t drink at all. However, the largest review on the topic to date concluded that the best option for overall health and risk of disease and premature death is complete abstention from alcohol.
So to drink or not to drink? It seems it’s a matter of personal preference, but as always, edict of everything in moderation remains valid.