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How does alcohol affect my heart?

A daily glass or two of red wine or other alcoholic beverage may help lower your risk for cardiovascular disease by 25 to 40 percent. That's because the ethanol in all forms of alcohol helps increase HDL (good) cholesterol and prevent blood clots. The key is moderation: no more than one drink per day for the ladies; two for the gents.

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