A Nightcap Does Hold Some Health Benefits

June 15, 2017

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Trying to fall asleep when you are wound up is nearly impossible, so it's no surprise that some turn to a night cap.  Although too much alcohol can be bad for your health, a recent Swedish study found woman who drank beer monthly or weekly had a 30% decreased risk of heart attack versus non-beer-drinking-ladies. If you prefer to have a bit of wine before bed, a study has linked having one five-ounce glass to red wine per night with higher HDL, or "good", cholesterol levels. The American Heart Association advises that women have an average of one drink or less daily and men have an average of two drinks or less daily (one drink is defined as 12 ounces of beer, 4 ounces of wine, 1.5 ounces of 80-proof spirit, or 1 ounce of 100-proof spirit) . Additionally, if having a nightcap means you skip dessert, it even could save you some calories. However you should always discuss your alcohol habits and usage with your doctor to ensure you are not doing more harm than good. Drinking too much could lead to high blood pressure, obesity, stroke, and other health problems.

SOURCE: Fox News

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