But the new dietary guidelines from the US Department of Agriculture explain that daily drinking is a good idea.
"Alcohol consumption may have beneficial effects when consumed in moderation (up to two drinks daily). Strong evidence from observational studies has shown that moderate alcohol consumption is associated with a lower risk of cardiovascular disease. Moderate alcohol consumption also is associated with reduced risk of all-cause mortality among middle-aged and older adults and may help to keep cognitive function intact with age," the guidelines explain.
We don’t expect that even our most health conscience government officials will jump on the two-drinks-a-day keeps the doctor away bandwagon. While many are happy to ban smoking and trans-fats, or poster the public transportation system with anti-soft drink propaganda, we’re probably far from seeing a public health campaign asking, “It’s 10 PM. Have you had your Scotch today?”
The question is: why?
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