Bottoms Up! How Drinking Alcohol Is Actually Good For Your Health

Booze is everywhere. It’s at bars, restaurants, burger stands, ball games, events and hey, there are even boat rides devoted to it (booze cruise, anyone?). This common libation may not be the first thing you think of when you hear the words "health elixir" but in some ways this is true. Alcoholic beverages have been shown to have beneficial health properties and have been commonly used throughout history as mending tonics for an array of disorders and diseases. Normally it's wine that gets all the credit for its health benefits, but other spirits and ales also have some good to them as well.  Modern science has been able to sparse out exactly how and why moderate amounts of alcohol may be beneficial to your health and we'll toast to that.

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