We’ve talked a lot about alcohol and health here on Vitamin G, specifically how much is too much and, randomly, what could be lurking in your wine. We’ve all heard the health cautions about drinking too much alcohol–even breast cancer warnings–but now here’s a little good news, and it involves happy hour…
****You know the phrase, “eat, drink, and be merry”? I’d revise that to be, “eat healthy, drink a moderate amount, and be crazy-merry.” And that’s kind of the idea behind a new study out this week.
Japanese researchers believe that light to moderate drinking paired with socialization (enter happy hour) can significantly reduce your risk for heart disease. While the researchers mostly looked at men, it’s easy to see why the findings could be true for women too. Most health experts are fine with light drinking–one glass per day (but not every day) for women. And aren’t we all happier when we’re spending time with friends? I’m a big believer in laughter and friendship contributing to longevity. (Laughter is actually good for your immune system! Here’s why.)
And, if you’ve ever wondered if your drinking pattern (lots of wine on Friday nights, for instance) is unhealthy, or if you might be on the road to alcoholism, a fascinating newish Web site from the National Institutes of Health is chock full of useful info. Take their quiz to see how your drinking habits stack up with others–and weather you’re on the road to being unhealthy with your alcohol intake.
Some of the happiest moments of my life have been shared over wine with loved ones (though I’ve had plenty of happy times without wine, too!). How about you?
Original Article: https://www.glamour.com/story/weird-but-true-happy-hour-is-g