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When do the anti-aging effects of alcohol start?

Dr. Michael Roizen, MD
Internal Medicine
First of all, the RealAge (physiologic age) age-reducing effect of alcohol consumption begins only when a person reaches the age at which the risk of cardiovascular disease increases: after menopause for women, and forty to fifty for men.

Second, the antiaging benefits of alcohol apply only to some people. Therefore, you would need to weigh your risks and decide whether or not alcohol consumption should be part of your diet. You would also need to determine if you could consume alcohol in moderate amounts, considering your own genetic and social risks of developing alcoholism, liver disease, or cancers.

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