TIME magazine gives a toast to a new study that may be too good to be true - drinking can actually be good for you.
Researchers in Denmark have determined that a glass of alcohol a day can have the same beneficial effect on the heart as moderate exercise. Both activities create HDL, also known as ‘good cholesterol’, that helps clean out fatty deposits in the blood stream.
During a 20-year study of over 12,000 subjects, researchers found that moderate drinkers and non-drinking exercisers have a 30% less chance of heart disease than those that don’t drink or work out. And those that pound a brew after pumping some iron have a 50% less chance of the disease.
But don’t go hitting the bars for your health just yet.
Scientists warn that too much booze will still do more harm than good to the body - thus the one- to two-drink maximum. Also, the heart benefits wouldn’t kick in until the late 40s or 50s, when coronary problems begin to occur.
But there’s still plenty of possible good from a daily pint. More evidence is showing that alcohol can lower diabetes risk, help the brain recover from a stroke, and ease the effects of mental problems like dementia.
It looks like Homer Simpson was right all along.