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Which of the following is a benefit of moderate and heavy drinking?

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Which of the following is a benefit of moderate and heavy drinking?

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There are no benefits to heavy drinking. It causes you to put on weight, lessens your mental focus, and makes you more likely to get cancer. It also boosts your odds of injury by accident or violence. One way or another, it plays a part in some 79,000 deaths a year in the U.S.

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How many drinks per week make a woman a "heavy drinker?"

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How many drinks per week make a woman a "heavy drinker?"

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Toss back more than 3 drinks on any single day or more than 7 a week and you could be labeled a heavy drinker.  The numbers for men are higher:  4 drinks a day or more than 14 per week. What’s a drink? Just 0.6 ounces of alcohol -- roughly the amount in 12 ounces of beer, 5 ounces of wine, or 1.5 ounces of 80-proof liquor.

Name a risk of heavy drinking.

Name a risk of heavy drinking.

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There’s a long list of bad things too much alcohol can do to your health. You could be more likely to get diabetes, cirrhosis of the liver, and high blood pressure, or have a stroke. Quite a few types of cancer are tied to overdoing it as well. These include mouth, larynx, and esophageal cancers, breast cancer, plus cancers of the liver, gastrointestinal tract, and colon.

Heavy drinking can shrink your brain.

Heavy drinking can shrink your brain.

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Long-term heavy drinking can shrink both the overall brain and the size of the brain's cells. The result: problems with learning, memory and problem solving.The longer and harder you drink, the more likely you’ll have trouble with sleep, mood, and motor skills. If you avoid alcohol, you might reverse some of the damage.

A few drinks could be good for your heart.

A few drinks could be good for your heart.

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There’s some evidence that a bit of alcohol could make you less likely to get heart disease. It’s possible that alcohol raises levels of "good" cholesterol. Moderation is key. 

Middle-aged and older drinkers will outlive their teetotaler friends.

Middle-aged and older drinkers will outlive their teetotaler friends.

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Doctors aren’t sure why, but once you hit middle age, there’s a link between an occasional drink and staying alive. It could be the protective effects of moderate drinking against heart disease, stroke, and diabetes.

If you don’t drink, start. It’s good for your heart.

If you don’t drink, start. It’s good for your heart.

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If you don't drink, keep it that way. Health benefits aside, even a small amount of alcohol can make you more likely to get a disease or have an accident.

A glass or two of red wine can make you less likely to get:

A glass or two of red wine can make you less likely to get:

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There is a link between red wine and heart health. It raises your good cholesterol and protects heart and blood vessels.

Which has the most calories?

Which has the most calories?

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That glass of frosty, tropical, pina colada goodness weighs in at 460 calories. A regular beer is about 150 calories per bottle and a light beer 110. Wine is around 90-105 calories a glass.

Alcohol can keep your mind sharp as you age.

Alcohol can keep your mind sharp as you age.

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More study is needed, but researchers say light to moderate drinking can protect young adults and older folks from dementia. 

How much of all the alcohol Americans drink each year goes during binge drinking sessions?

How much of all the alcohol Americans drink each year goes during binge drinking sessions?

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Binge drinkers -- that’s women who have 4 or more drinks on one occasion or men who have 5 --  guzzle down three-fourths of all the alcohol we drink in the U.S. Binges accounts for 90% of all alcohol use for the under-21 crowd.

Binges are linked to many health problems, from high blood pressure and heart attacks to sexually transmitted diseases and unintended pregnancy. Injury, violence, and suicide also go hand-in-hand with bingeing.

Most binge drinkers are alcoholics.

Most binge drinkers are alcoholics.

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Most binge drinkers are casual drinkers who sometimes overdo it.  This is a type of alcohol abuse, but alcoholism is a disease marked by a strong craving for alcohol, an inability to limit drinking, and continued drinking despite physical, psychological, or interpersonal problems.

Caffeine and alcohol make a dangerous pair.

Caffeine and alcohol make a dangerous pair.

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Caffeine masks clues about your level of intoxication. Drinkers who mix alcohol and caffeine also are twice as likely to be taken advantage of sexually or to ride with an impaired driver.

Alcohol hits women harder than men.

Alcohol hits women harder than men.

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Most women weigh less, so a drink delivers more of a punch. Women also have less water content in their bodies than men, so the alcohol doesn’t get as diluted.

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