It’s Memorial Day Weekend—and the season of summer barbecues and Friday happy hours are here at last. Of course, with that often comes an increase in alcohol consumption. And while that extra glass of rose or spicy margarita might seem harmless, it’s also important to know: If you are going to drink, what’s your healthiest option?
While it might sound like a mixed message, moderate drinking may offer some health benefits, especially for your heart. On the other hand, alcohol may increase your risk of health problems and damage your heart.
So first things first: if you choose to drink alcohol, do so only in moderation. For healthy adults, that should equate up to one drink a day for women of all ages and men older than age 65, and up to two drinks a day for men age 65 and younger. I’d also like to note that in addition to dependence and addiction, alcohol abuse can damage organs, weaken the immune system, and contribute to cancers. It also affects all of us differently—so it’s important to speak with your doctor about your personal health.
Still, for the average person, a moderate amount of alcohol is likely not harmful. So with that, here is my recommendation: