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By Beth Bond 

Seniors and drinking: Let’s toast the good news


September 15, 2017

Who knew? Turns out moderate drinking can have a positive effect on your health, while either of the extremes – excessive drinking or total abstinence – can increase your risk for serious health issues.

Seniors and drinking? It’s not all bad news. If you’re confused about “social drinking” and “moderate drinking,” you are not alone. By a certain age, and experience, we already know how many is too many. But what about a glass of wine with dinner, a birthday glass of champagne or that can of beer at the barbeque?

According to the American Medical Association, a recommended alcohol limit for women is five glasses per week. Men on the other hand, with a heavier build, can extend that limit to seven. These are units of alcohol, one glass of wine, one shot in a cocktail or one can...

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