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How does alcohol consumption affect aging?

Mark C. Houston, MD
Internal Medicine
Consumption of small amounts of alcohol per day may increase life span and reduce the incidence of cardiovascular disease. Although any alcohol may be effective, red wine, especially those with high resveratrol content such as pinot noir, cabernet, merlot, zinfandel, and shiraz may be the most effective. About 20 grams per week is optimal, which is equivalent to about a six-ounce glass of red wine per day. More is not better and has detrimental health consequences.

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