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 When it comes to health benefits and alcohol, wine typically gets all the glory. But according to new research, beer can potentially be as beneficial as wine. Published in the european journal of epidemiology, the study is an analysis of 16 studies involving more than 2OO,OOO participants. Researchers found that people who drank about a pint of beer a day had a 31 percent reduced risk of heart disease. For those who consumed more alcohol (regardless of the type), their risk surged. The study was conducted by Research Laboratories in Campobasso, Italy. “Alcohol in moderation can increase your HDL – the higher your HDL is, the more protected you are against heart disease.” registered dietician Andrea Giancoli of the American Dietetic Association said. Giancoli also noted that beer may have some benefits not found in wine. Beer contains more water, which is more filling and therefore makes it easier for some people to moderate their alcohol intake. While the findings reveal good news for beer drinkers, the researchers issued the requisite words of caution. “What we are talking about is moderate and regular drinking,” said lead researcher Augusto Di Castelnuovo. “I think we will never stress enough this concept. Wine or beer are part of a lifestyle. One glass can pair with healthy foods, eaten at proper time, maybe together with family of friends. There is no place for binge drinking or any other form of heavy consumption.” Just ask Harvey’s mice.

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