For at least a couple of years now, researchers (er -- make that marketers!) have been touting the health benefits of drinking a bit of wine. Such as: It may be good for your heart, it helps relieve stress, the tanins have cancer-fighting attributes, etc. I didn't really pay attention to the details, just felt less guilty for enjoying my occasional glass (I drink an average of about 5-6 glasses per week.)
But recently, WPTV.com posted a story warning women to be especially mindful of the amount they drink, for they pay a higher price, physically, than do men for consuming alcohol.
And now, Health.com reports that, for both sexes, even moderate amounts of any kind of alcohol SHRINK YOUR BRAIN, possibly exacerbating age-related diseases such as dementia.
Kind of reminds me of the back-and-forth we went through about a decade ago over eggs: They were touted, then demonized, then touted again -- if consumed in moderation.
So, I'm going to stay on my occasional-glass-plan. I just won't feel quite so sanguine about it, at least until the next pro-wine "study" comes out!!