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Drinking too much -- or not enough?

August 7, 2008 |  9:12 am

Newwine"Americans may be drinking less alcohol, on average, than in the past -- and they're cutting back on beer and sipping more wine as they get older."

So says a story from CBS News, courtesy of WebMD. It's based on a recent study in the American Journal of Medicine.

If you're worried about your own alcohol consumption, err on the side of caution. You can even take this quiz from How much is too much?

But if you simply want to enjoy a drink and not feel guilty about it, relax.

Unlike smoking, drinking alcohol can be good for you. (And the recent Health section package on smoking athletes never claimed smoking was healthy, folks, hence the first six words in the research analysis: "Sure, smoking is bad for you...")

Here's a story, A drink a day, from Health writer Susan Brink explaining the health benefits of alcohol.

-- Tami Dennis 

Photo credit: Stefano Paltera / For The Times