Study: Moderate Drinking Boosts Your Immune System
By all means, go out and have fun for New Year’s Eve but, drink moderately and your body will thank you.
Well, this is certainly good news for New Year’s revelers. Seems drinking alcohol — in moderation, of course — actually boosts the immune system.
That’s according to new research from Oregon Health & Science University, USA Today reported. The scientists found that those who drank alcohol actually had a decreased risk for death from various diseases. The study focused on monkeys. The animals were vaccinated against smallpox and split into two groups — one that had access to a 4 percent ethanol drink and the other with access to simple sugar water.
Researchers monitored them for 14 months and found: The monkeys who drank heavy amounts of the alcohol showed less of a response to the vaccine, USA Today said. But the monkeys who drank moderate amounts showed better responses to the vaccine, compared to the sugar water drinkers.
The researchers don’t really know why the monkeys who drank moderately fared better health-wise than the sugar water consumers or the heavy alcohol drinkers, but they may get the chance to find out.
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