Dr. Oz

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Don't worry, I'm not here to tell you to step away from the wine bottle. My wife, Lisa, and I regularly have a glass with dinner, and after particularly busy days, I enjoy unwinding on our porch with some good tequila. Still, with so much conflicting health info floating around, it's hard to know whether every sip is doing your body good or putting your life at risk. Many studies have found that drinking wine, beer, or liquor in moderate amounts can protect against heart disease, in part by boosting good cholesterol. Other findings, however, may make you want to abstain entirely, like a 2013 study in the American Journal of Public Health that found that people who consume up to one and a half drinks daily account for, on average, nearly 6,000 cancer deaths annually. Too many high-calorie cocktails can also lead to weight gain.

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